David Brooks, a well-known author and cultural/political commentator, powerfully asks, “Should you live for your résumé… or your eulogy?” This brief TED talk elaborates on the qualities and merits of both résumé and eulogy virtues. Which aspects of each do you prioritize, and how do you find a balance? What success is possible when you build on your strengths, and what benefits only arise from confronting your shortcomings?
“An individual has not begun to live until he can rise above the narrow horizons of his particular individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. Every person must decide, at some point, whether they will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the judgment. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., August 11, 1957
In honor of Music Therapy Advocacy Month, Dr. Dena Register asks, “Are you a Connector, Reflector, or Director?“ Know thyself better, then apply your unique perspectives and skills to advance the field of Music Therapy!
Connectors seek to understand people’s interests and motivations in order to develop relationships and establish common goals, such as uniting our colleagues of varied biases or inspiring state legislators. Reflectors absorb information with an open, non-judgmental mind to distill the most salient points. We assess complex issues but provide simple, almost common sense explanations to bride multiple perspectives, illuminate obscure concepts, consolidate talking points, and prioritize action steps. Directors assimilate the contributions of Connectors and Reflectors, “see the big picture of possibilities that exist beyond the current situation,” and lead towards the best possible future. We push towards ideals and navigate day-to-day progress, while adapting to changing circumstances or priorities.
“So how about you? Are you a Connector, Reflector, or Director? Or maybe there is another description you would use? We would like to hear from you about other characteristics or personalities that you find ‘key’ in advocacy.” For more information, visit the Music Therapy State Recognition page or read Dr. Register’s guest post titled, “Social Media Advocacy Month 2016.”