I tried to have fun this week and tie some different media into my recap of each chapter.
(“Miss Claire Remembers” by Enya)
At one point this song came on my iPod while I was reading this chapter. Simplistic as it is, it was an auditory metaphor for the less of “Lighting a Spark”. The repetitive pattern of the lower melody represents the way things are. The higher notes that seem to be more random represent the spark of possibility. If the author’s story of the bicycle flat tire were in a short film I could see this playing. As she looks solemnly at the tire, the useless 10$ bill, the expression on the clerks face that seems to give every visual queue that they are thinking “please leave” – all this is the lower melody. Then, like magic, when she asks for the quarters instead of change everything changes, the happy notes come in and the world is full of possibility. As the men give her directions the song is reaching it’s peak and end scene…
Events like this are exactly why I often have to read things twice…
(Panic Attack Scene from the Movie: Airplane)
If I had to sum up the idea “Being the Board” in my own words three words it would be “Suck it Up”. Sometimes we need to give ourselves that proverbial slap in the face. All kidding aside I struggled with this chapter when considering persons battling depression, or those living in oppressive conditions and wondered how these people might transform the unwanted experience into one in which they cared to live. I think overcoming obstacles makes us all stronger, how can we expect to move forward if we’re dwelling on the past? In a professional development context this idea is very powerful but what about those that have little to no hope of getting out of their unwanted experience?
Chapter 11 offered some answers to unanswered questions left by chapter 10. To me this chapter above all else seems to be about inspiring hope. If one leads their life being hopeful and positive it may inspire others. I think it takes more then just leading by example. If someone presents themselves as hopeless, not in the judgmental sense – someone who is not inspired and has no interest to change that, do we just accept that this is the way it is and it is not wrong? It would seem to me that hope would be a fundamental human desire. This is another chapter where I understand the overarching message but wonder about how these principles can be applied on a daily basis.
(Benjamin Zander conducted Beethoven’s 5th)
In this chapter all the anecdotes related to the symphonies and classical music really made sense. The Symphony is possibly the best metaphor for the “WE” story. Actually, the relationship between conductor / symphony is a great metaphor the message of the entire book. I think this is obvious and clear from many of the stories in the book, but watching this clip now after reading the book really helped tie all the lessons together.
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