The audience at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas on June 16, 2005 was mesmerized as 14 year-old Shannon Lee lifted a 300 year-old violin to her chin and presented two solos that were nothing short of breath-taking. While you might shudder at the thought of a teenager messing around with anything 300 years old, this diminutive virtuoso made an instrument that has survived for centuries do what a violin is designed to do—fill a concert hall with melodies that capture the heart and emotions, transporting listeners to another world.
The standing ovation that followed her performance, confirmed Miss Lee’s incredible talent. Skillfully made instruments aren’t designed to be displayed in museums or locked in an art collector’s cabinet. Even a violin that was artfully crafted three centuries ago still has music within it waiting to be shared. What about you? What music do you hold that the world needs to hear? Your music may not be written for a violin or supported by a great orchestra. It might surprise you to discover that your music is intended for a much broader audience.
Perhaps you can write a symphony of change for your industry. Maybe you hold a lyric of innovation for a company that needs to grow. Your insights might help a non-profit expand beyond its wildest expectations. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. said “Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.”
Life isn’t about self-preservation, it’s about investing. The instrument of your life wasn’t created to be put on a shelf and dusted. You were placed on this planet to give voice to great ideas, to offer your melodies of creativity to those around you, to pen lyrics of opportunity that can make a difference in the world.
No one else can sing your song. There is not another person that can compose your melody for you. People need the unique work that only you can write, the distinct notes that are singularly yours. Later isn’t an option. The world is asking for your music today. Tune up. Play like there’s no tomorrow. They’re waiting for your song.