Last night Joanne pulled out an old movie for us to watch. We went to see August Rush when it was first released back in 2007 and I immediately put it in my top five favorite movies of all time. I wrote about my response back then and last night I was just as excited once again as the story unfolded.
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The lead character had been sent to an orphanage at birth, but he always believed he had a Mom and Dad out there somewhere. He believed that somehow music would connect them, thus he heard music everywhere he went. He heard music in the trucks rolling by, as the subway clanked along and in the amazing compositions he created on the guitar.
In one scene with The Wizard (Robin Williams) they were talking about hearing the music. August asked The Wizard if everyone could hear the music to which The Wizard replied: "Only those who are listening."
I see so many people who wake up to a skill or passion at mid-life or beyond and then wonder why they hadn't recognized it earlier. Artists who discover their hidden talent, musicians who sit down at a piano and just begin to play, and coaches who recognize their natural ability for calling people to greatness. Just this week I've seen a new opportunity to potentially double my income in my own business that has been there all along - I just hadn't seen it. And those times make me wonder what else am I missing because I'm not seeing or listening well.
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