This clip from the Messiah is one of the most inspirational pieces of music that I know. (I’m not talking about the possibility of being resurrected! I leave that to your own personal beliefs.) I am talking about the inspiration for change.
Some people just have a mysterious transforming ability, both for themselves and for others. Like the lyrics of the Handel tune, cribbed from First Corinthians, it is a mystery. Like art, we know it when we see it. We can internalize it, some of us, and we can externalize it, seek out people who can get us going, especially stimulating our own transformative ability.
“Behold, I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. In a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.”
In this New Year, I’m suggesting that most of us know something about our own unique transforming potential, and know where to go to seek out inspiration.
At this time I am re-reading Harold Bloom’s Where Shall Wisdom Be Found and another very wise book in a different way, Laurence E. Morehouse and Leonard Gross’s Maximum Performance.
… and Emma Lazarus, quoted in the New York Times this morning: Take off your shoes as by the burning bush…
This our mission, should we choose to accept it: May the trumpet sound for all of us to feel more alive and in the presence of the burning bush of transformation.