On occasion we find inspiration from unexpected sources. I did when I listened to 150 third grade children powerfully express themselves through a remarkable musical journey. The songs employed meaningful lyrics with messages intended to build confidence, provide strength, help people achieve their potential, dream big, and to stay optimistic during difficult times. The lessons are simple, but universal.
The program entitled “We Are Amazing!” was created by local Morgan resident Bobbi Hansen with songs by Melanie Hoffman and Steven Kapp Perry. “We Are Amazing!” debuted last year with both the Mountain Green Elementary and Morgan Elementary schools each performing the program. This year the program made an encore and continues to touch all those in attendance. Already the contagious optimism is spreading to schools around the country. For those who are interested in seeing the full lyrics and learning more about this program, you may visit www.anykidcan.org.
One theme resonated particularly strong with me—the idea that “we are amazing.” Really, we are. We are an incredible community filled with caring and compassionate individuals always willing to help others. There is nothing we can’t do. Think about a choir of 8 and 9 year olds singing the following words: “I can discover and I can decide to share all the light I have hidden inside, for I have a power that can’t be denied…the things we will do will surprise me and you . . . we are amazing.” Through the innocence of children these marvelous truths remind us how much we really can contribute to our schools, our companies, our families, and the world around us. We are living in a “great, big, beautiful world.”
Our schools strive to prepare the leaders of tomorrow. Without knowing, these students provided wisdom for today’s leaders. They taught the importance of understanding who we are. We must continue to learn about ourselves, understand our strengths, and persistently develop. I can only imagine where these young ones will be in 20, 30, and 40 years down the road.
Knowing where you want to go is a basic concept. Having an objective based focus helps ensure we achieve the results we desire. This is widely understood, but difficult to actually do. If we begin with the end in mind, our journey becomes far less circuitous. The program teaches, “If you want to get somewhere, choose the road that takes you there…Just make sure you really know you’re goin’ where you want to go!” These melodic harmonies reinforced my desire to chart my course and pursue my goals. As each of us in turn heightens our focus on key priorities, we will continue to expand our greatness.
Speaking of priorities, I am always impressed at the way successful people make the most of every moment. We can choose to capitalize on the opportunities presented to us. “You can do a lot in three minutes, two minutes, one minute. Make a better world ‘cause you’re in it every single day!”
Sometimes our circumstances feel overwhelming, our accomplishments feel underwhelming, and our lives appear bewildering. Through adversity our true colors shine. “Whether slow or fast, the storm will pass and you’ll be stronger…Hold on! The storm won’t last forever.”
As I observe the true colors of our little valley, I see a resilient town committed to long-term excellence. This often requires short-term sacrifices and is a test of endurance. I see a community dedicated to working together that recognizes how collective efforts contribute to the greater good. Most importantly, I see wonderful people who are able and willing to rise above any challenge. This winning attitude is a true mark of character. The energy and aura of positivity is contagious. After all, “It’s amazing what a smile can do.”
I am confident each of us can find a nugget or two in these wholesome lyrics to help drive greater success in our lives and careers. I realize this is an unconventional approach to an article covering a local event. However, I believe in the intrinsic power of an idea so authentic it would be otherwise hard to achieve with similar brevity using alternative formats. An auditorium full of adults moved by the music of these young children is testament of the effectiveness and universality of these principles.