Somebody’s sitting in the shade today because somebody planted a tree a long time ago!
We can sometimes lose sight of the fact that real happiness does not come from how much money we have or don’t have, the size of our house or the clothes we wear . . . real, lasting joy comes from our connectedness with others. When our boys sing together, there is an indescribable feeling of being “connected” with each other that nothing can duplicate. They become responsible for each other through their music and discover that they are stronger with the other boys in their choir, than they are by themselves. The audience too, is drawn into this connectedness.
Our organization is a place . . . a vehicle for discovering one’s “inner self” rather than the “internet”. It is a place of “direct messaging” rather than “text messaging” . . . a place of “shared space” rather than “my space”. The boys come together “face to face”, not simply on “Facebook”!
The following paraphrased poem by Ina Hughes has a wonderful theme of connectedness and responsibility we share in the Fort Bend Boys Choir:
We are responsible for boys . . . who stomp in puddles and ruin their pants, who sneak treats before dinner, who erase holes in their math papers, who can never find their shoes and sleep with the dog, who cover themselves with band aids and sing off key [sometimes] and who squeeze toothpaste all over the sink and gobble their food, then burp out loud!
We are also responsible for boys . . . who can’t run down the street in a new pair of tennis shoes, who never to to the movies or out to eat, who go to bed hungry and cry themselves to sleep, who don’t have a room to clean up and have little hope.
I believe we may have a confusion of terms too. When people say they want happiness . . . what they’re really looking for is connectedness – that feeling of satisfaction when you matter as much to others as you do to yourself.
Happiness is the result of a ‘happening’ that will come and go. Connectedness gives us a joy that is a state of being . . . not dependent on things that change. Inner joy and self esteem is what should make us happy.
Through so many of you, thank you for helping us stay connected and responsible for each other.
Now let’s go plant some trees!