I loved Laura Orem's post yesterday. Despite the distractions and worries, we keep trying to make the world a better, kinder place. From the heavy-hitting global initiatives set forth by The Elders to a group of young, impassioned filmmakers desperate to end the use of child soldiers in Northern Uganda, I marvel at people's commitment to live beyond mere survival to the promise of creation and sharing; to be revolutionary in the causes of humanity. Like our speck of a planet in an ever-expanding universe, our smallness is not insignificant, especially when we are called to step out into our communities and connect. I can't begin to compare my artistic contributions to the often dangerous endeavors of those in war-torn and destitute places, but, at this point in my life, it is the best I can do, so I do it as best I can.
The great gift of doing what you love is that you are often surrounded by like-minded people who challenge and inspire you. A supremely dear friend of mine, who sings all over the country with various professional choirs (Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Conspirare and Roomful of Teeth to name a few), is one such soul. He is a founder of the nascent ensemble Convergence. They are young, super-cool, fiercely intelligent, and boldly commited to generously sharing their gifts on local, national, and international levels. When I think of excellent examples of sending beauty and positivity into the world, it is this group of artists that I see. Below is a video of a performance of Magnificat by Arvo Pärt. Just try to not be transported. For more information on Arvo Pärt check here or read this great article from the NY Times Magazine.
P.S. - Forgive the excessive linkage in today's post, but this stuff should be on your radar if it isn't already!