Tuesday, April 3, 2012

WEGO Health Activist Writer's Challenge Month - Day 3

I'm participating in the WEGO Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge. Today’s topic: Super Day If I could have a superpower what would it be? 

If I could have a super power it would be the ability to play the cello in a way that heals people. If someone was sick and they heard my cello, their illness would vanish. If their heart ached, it would be soothed. If people were angry, hearing my cello would bring peace. Music from my cello would end wars, encourage compassion and bring peace.

If I had a super power, I would play a magical healing cello.

But, unfortunately I don't have a super power. I do have a cello. You can hear my cello singing here. I have played my cello for wounded war vets who were suffering from PTSD. One young man was suffering so badly he could barely sit in a chair. His eyes scanned the room, looking everywhere for a threat that would never come. Every inch of his skin vibrated with tension. He sat on the edge of his seat, ready to launch out of it. He shook. He was in terrible pain inside.

I looked him in the eyes and he looked at me. I wanted to help him relax, if just for a moment. While he was looking at me, I put my bow on my cello and played for him. I was in a room full of people, but really I was playing just for this young man.

As I played, I watched his shoulders drop. I watched his hands unclench. He took a deep breath and shut his eyes. My cello made him feel better. I felt like a super hero with a magic cello. When I finished playing, the reality of war closed in around him again. He returned to being jumpy and upset. I couldn't heal him forever. All I could do was help him find peace for a while.

I don't have super powers. I can only play music. I can't save the world. I can't end wars. I can't heal the sick. But, I can ease suffering with music, and that matters to me. Traveling to hospitals and cancer treatment centers, playing the cello to heal, that's what I want to do.
"Rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul." -- Plato

This post was written from a blog prompt for April 3rd  from The Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge at WEGO Health. 

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