I have discovered the meaning of life. It happened during the inauguration yesterday, yet it has nothing to do with politics.
I have seen it before, but I didn’t really understand its significance until yesterday.
It became even more powerful to me when I was forced to try to explain it in spoken words to Gail this morning.
YO-YO MA provided my epiphany yesterday. He is the cellist who performed with the quartet immediately before Obama took the oath of office. The sight of Yo-Yo Ma playing the cello was a vision of joy and perfection.
This morning Gail asked why I was so moved by it. The answer is:
Watching Yo-Yo Ma play cello was exactly like watching Big Brown run at the Preakness.
There are key moments in life where we get to see someone doing on a world stage what he was born to do. Yesterday, Yo-Yo Ma played cello before the largest audience of his life, and his face radiated the look of passion and joy that showed for that moment, he owned the world. His face said, “Regardless of what has come before…regardless of what the future holds…at this moment in time I am experiencing the performance of my life, and I am loving every minute of it.”
Loosely paraphrasing author Terry Davis, it is a glorious thing to watch another creature achieve perfection. For these rare moments allow mere humans to share the sight of one of our own, basking in joy as they do on a very big stage the one thing they were born to do. And our witness of their achieving perfection manages to pick us all up a little and propels us to a better place.
The meaning of life is achieving your moment of perfection that makes the entire world, if only for a blink, a better place to be.