In a TEDx video called “The Transformative Power of Classical Music,” Zander says the job of a conductor is not to talk a lot, but to awaken possibility within the players on an orchestra. He adds, “If their eyes are shining, you know you’re doing it.” (I encourage you to watch the full clip, but this part is at the 16-minute mark if you want to jump ahead.)
In these days of wearing masks and full PPE, our eyes are still there for our family, coworkers, neighbors, and others to see. Our smiles are covered, but our eyes are not. Shining eyes may be one of the most encouraging non-verbal messages we can send to each other. While we are dealing with physical distancing from family and friends, as well as navigating continual change and complex challenges at home and at work, it can be challenging to keep our spirits up. Still, I believe little moments of “shining eyes” are a great gift to ourselves and to each other—even during this global pandemic.
It happens when we exchange words of encouragement with each other after a tough day. It happens when we ask for help, and our leaders and mentors are there for us. And it happens when we reconnect to the passion and purpose we feel when caring for one another and members of our community. That’s how we awaken our own possibilities during times of change as we show people how much they matter, and that God loves them.
As always, thank you for everything you do on behalf of your faith and for the body of Jesus Christ here on earth. Stay strong and know that God’s eyes are smiling on you. You are being smiled upon from me each and everyday. I give thanks to God for you and your beautiful “smiling eyes.”
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