The first event in this series occurred last week. I got a new coaching client, and my favorite kind--someone who already has a lot of prosperity consciousness and a successful career and is living her passion. Her name is Sarah Paul and she is a cellist and the founder of a string quartet in Atlanta www.AmatiMusic.com.
I should mention that in my entire long life, I have never before known or even met a cellist.
The next event was on Friday night, when I at the last minute realized it was the monthly film night in a new series begun last month at Unity San Francisco. I decided to go into the city to attend. It was a double feature, and the first film was a lovely movie with a theme about death being an extension of life, and some other sub-themes, including one that might not be immediately noticed, but was significant for me: How we need to find our own true passion, and not rely on what others think is the best path for us. It was about a young cellist whose symphony orchestra was disbanded. Unemployed, he goes back to his home village from Tokyo and takes a job preparing bodies for burial with a ritualized hands-on bathing staged in front of friends and family. And it is obvious that despite his love of music, this is his true calling.
It is a Japanese film by director Yojiro Takita, starring Masahiro Motoki as the cellist and Ryoko Hirosue as his beautiful wife. I was quite taken with her quiet beauty and the astonishing way she has a repetoire of smiles to illuminate all sorts of emotions.
The next day, I found out Departures won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
And the last serendipitous event (these things usually run in threes, but who knows whether another one may be waiting in the wings?) came about because my theatre historian friend Bonnie Weiss called me yesterday to invite me today to a show she had a couple of tickets to. It's called Opus and is being staged by the acclaimed professional Theatre Works company in Mountain View, just down the road from my home in San Bruno. Imagine my amazed surprise when I Googled the title and discovered this description: