I was listening to the radio while driving home from an event last night – it was ABC Classic FM, and the Sydney International Piano Competition was playing. An extraordinary delight to be able to hear such fine piano and chamber music, and it played so exquisitely.
At a break in the performance, the ABC diverted from the music to play some phone messages about the competition left by listeners. One of them in particular caught my ear. A father from Mt Gambier called in to express his gratitude for the ABC’s broadcast of the piano competition. He told a little story.
Rather than reading to his young children at bedtime the night before, he instead turned out the lights and sat with them, and they listened to a piano sonata on the radio together. But the moment of pure joy that filled my heart was his recount of the slow movement. For it was then his son had turned to him and said, “Daddy, I’m crying…”
A lesson for all of us.
Wait for amazing. Not just something – everything.
Aim for extraordinary. Do anything that needs to be done to get it. Change everything if necessary.