“To let ourselves be seen, deeply seen, vulnerably seen … to love with our whole hearts, even though there’s no guarantee — and that’s really hard, and I can tell you as a parent, that’s excruciatingly difficult — to practice gratitude and joy in those moments of terror, when we’re wondering, “Can I love you this much? Can I believe in this this passionately? Can I be this fierce about this?” just to be able to stop and, instead of catastrophizing what might happen, to say, “I’m just so grateful, because to feel this vulnerable means I’m alive.” And the last, which I think is probably the most important, is to believe that we’re enough.Because when we work from a place, I believe, that says, ‘I’m enough,‘ then we stop screaming and start listening, we’re kinder and gentler to the people around us, and we’re kinder and gentler to ourselves.”
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?
This presentation was delivered by Erin Seibert, an MT-BC working in St. Petersburg, FL. She wrote about this TEDx talk on her blog, Music Therapy Time. As she concludes, “January is Music Therapy Advocacy month on social media. Please feel free to share this talk with other music therapy professionals, clinicians, administrators, family members, friends, anyone! Let’s spread the word on what music therapy is, how we can better include it in our healthcare world, and encourage its inclusion as a household name.”