And the Waltz Goes On
We come into this world as brilliant, beautiful spiritual and human beings with special gifts and talents to share with the world but, more often than not, our light begins to fade because we begin to believe what others say instead of continuing to believe in ourself, our passions, our desires. I know I have held myself back from my passion for more years than I would have liked. Too often I have I questioned myself, “Am I good enough”, only to hear an inner-voice say, “Yes you are, keep on the path of learning and believing and you’ll get there.” It gets easier and easier each day, and I know I am so blessed with the life I have led, for it has made me the person I am today.
I was going to take a different direction with this blog when I happened to check FaceBook and come across a Waltz my sister Geri shared written by none other than the famous actor, Anthony Hopkins. I love music and have written many songs in my life, eleven of which are on an inspirational CD I produced called “Lighten Up” by Melody Bartone, and the way it came to fruition is definitely through a higher power than myself. If you have not heard the story, let me know and I will be happy to share it in a later blog, but for now I want to share the story of someone we would all consider highly successful, but who has a wonderful story about loving music, dreaming about being a composer some day, doodling (as he puts it) on the piano and writing a waltz that he tucked away, thinking it may not be that good, then taking a different path to build a very successful career as a Hollywood actor. Fifty years later, he heard a Dutch violinist who inspired him and caused him to pull out his waltz and ask him to play it. When I heard the waltz, I was swept away on a sea of emotion.
Anthony Hopkins is now in his 70’s and I’m sure very few knew he was a musician at heart. After hearing the waltz I had to know more about his story and found an interview he did that shows how much he is just like each and every one of us. We often idealize celebrities and often put them on a pedestal high above us, but often find that they too have doubts and fears about their own abilities. As you will see as you watch the interview below, Anthony Hopkins also tucked away some of his gifts and talents. He followed a path that opened up to him and shared a different aspect of himself while letting the music sit in waiting. Should he have followed his passion in music? It’s hard to say. Perhaps he needed the confidence he gained as an actor to allow others into that part of his life. The important part is, he finally shared it. He didn’t think it was too late and now we get to hear his beautiful gift today.
Below I have linked the interview and the video of his waltz being played for him for the very first time after 50 years. I encourage you to watch them both and be inspired. Are you holding on to something that the world needs to see, hear, feel or taste?
Interview with Anthony Hopkins
And The Waltz Goes On
If you are holding on to something that wants to be shared with the world but you feel it’s not good enough, I’m here to let you know it’s okay to take a chance, to let you light shine, for you may be holding onto something that the world needs right now. You are a Divine expression of the Universe and you deserve to let your light shine. Follow your path and your passion and see where it leads you!
The quote below by Marianne Williamson stated it perfectly in her book “Return to Love”:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”