It is concert season.
Orchestra and band concerts.
Chorus concerts of every ilk.
Solos and group performances.
All concerts. All the time.
So many that they often run together.
The thing that makes them special is WHO is performing.
In my case, all seven of my grandchildren love music of some sort.
They know that when they look out, they will see their Gramma and Grampa there.
A few weeks back, at one of the many concerts we attended, I heard a song that haunts me still.
I had never heard it before, so when I got home I looked it up.
It turns out it came from ‘Les Miserables; which I have never seen. (I know, I know)
Empty Chairs at Empty Tables.
The song about a group of friends that sit at a corner table, and consider their futures. There is talk of a revolution and a new born world.
As I said, I never saw the show, so I don’t know why, but their future never came.
Unfathomable grief, when he lives, but his friends die.
So what is it that haunted me?
Well the survivors grief of course; the remembering of a future now, suddenly, gone.
But perhaps even more than that, for me, is the realization of how much time that can be wasted.
How many ideas and dreams I can talk myself out of.
I can’t. I won’t. I don’t want to. I’m too tired. I too something…..
It has spurred me on a bit.
To not let those ideas and dreams in my head go to waste.
Many times, I have missed a window. A time made expressly for one certain thing.
Fortunately, my dreamer friends are still alive and in tact, and we encourage each other whenever possible.
But tomorrow, as the song tells us, is not promised to any one.
So we need to stay awake. Stay on task. Consider the future, and run toward it.
Survivors grief would be horrible for certain, but can you imagine how much worse it would be if you had not really lived your life?
If you have not pursued your dreams?
If you survive, then don’t waste the sacrifice of those that went before.
They helped create your ideas. They even helped you dream your dreams.
Continue to carry the flame, even if you’re wanting to give up.