sunset“Feelings aroused by the touch of someone’s hand, the sound of music, the smell of a flower, a beautiful sunset, a work of art, love, laughter, hope and faith – all work on both the unconscious and the conscious aspects of the self, and they have physiological consequences as well.”  ~ Bernie Siegel ~

I was at my office late one day last week helping a couple at the end of their working lives.  We were creating the picture of their future lives.  They left as the sun was going over the western mountains and I stood outside and watched the sky come alive as a beautiful sunset.  If you go to my Facebook page you will see what I am talking about.  It is quite a picture.

Beauty comes into our lives frequently and it is up to us to stop and allow it to become part of us.  If you don’t it will fleetingly pass you by or more truly, you will pass it by.  The beauty is there even if you do not see it.

For those that get this well, they make their own beauty in the form that pleases them the most or where they can best express their talent.  They hone those skills over years of practice.  For me, it is the basis of these pages in helping others be as good as they can be.

Secondarily, for me, it is in musical performance.  Performance music is as fleeting as a sunset. Live music is experiencing, in real time, the effort of entertaining yourself or others. It can never be perfectly captured by camera or recording because the environment helps to build the sound.  That sound will be different for another person even a few feet away, because it is seen and heard from that person’s frame of reference and with their ears that hear things differently.  We appreciate things differently.  What moves you may be boring or even hideous to someone else.  I perform music as a gift to the audience.  Hopefully they will experience the beauty I am trying to put into the piece.

Do not let the beauty pass you by.  Cherish and seek out the joy that is given to you.  If you can, paint the sunset of your own medium of expression.

Mike Ferrier

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