I spent much of my life feeling my skills weren’t ‘useful.’ I wasn’t an engineer…

I spent much of my life feeling my skills weren’t ‘useful.’ I wasn’t an engineer like my brother, or a lawyer or a dentist like my friends. One day, I came across the following quote that brought tears to my eyes as I read:

“The plain fact is that the world does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it.” (David W. Orr)

I probably don’t fit the standard American definitions of ‘success’ or ‘leadership.’ My talents include music, art, writing, and gardening; if my dad hadn’t read an article about music therapy, I would’ve pursued a degree in classical dance. I’ve never had a video go viral on YouTube or been featured in the news. But I’ve realized that leadership and success don’t necessarily mean you have the busiest schedule or the showiest resume. Leadership means being proud of my skills and knowing how to effectively employ them. My passion – for music, for music therapy, for helping others. My compassion – some dismiss it as a weakness, but I see it as a strength, the fire behind everything I do. My resolve to keep an open mind, to give people a chance, to collaborate. It’s time to celebrate who we are and the uniqueness we bring to this world. Music therapists help people realize their potential, every day, by using our potential to its greatest effect. That’s leadership.
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