What is that thing of beauty that you create and bring into the world?
Maybe it’s stitching a quilt on your own or with others, perhaps smiling as you create another meal for others to enjoy? Maybe it’s a book or a painting? Or you are raising a child who understands their profound purpose in life?
As I watched La La Land, my heart opened. It seemed the actors and editing and cinematography moved so smoothly nothing extraneous was there to distract the viewer; none of the players became self-absorbed in some moment. It was fluid and honest. The stars gave bare bones, nothing extra, performance.
They sang and danced and invited us in—instead of pushing us away with control or the phony walls of fear and vanity. The singers and the dancers who starred in it were not perfect! But they were perfectly open, authentic, available emotionally, real.
Open-hearted performances and a movie that took me places in my own mind, history, life, and future.
I understand the Greek need to display pain on stage for the audience member to learn compassion, but I think joy is a great teacher too, and an underrated one.
True Joy opens our own heart. From here we can connect to anybody else’s heart. It’s another route to compassion.
I prefer this route. Pain gets old.
Where will you craft such a thing of beauty that others (and you) will know great joy? I’d love to hear about it.