Most times when we go to an opera or a musical concert, we enjoy the songs and dances of the singers and dancers so much that we forget to recognize other parts of the event. We fix our gaze more on those in the spotlight and ignore those whose faces are hidden from the crowd – those in charge of the stage lightings, the costumiers, the drummers and even the original composers of the songs, simply because they are hidden or unannounced. But without these ones, the nakedness and mistakes of those in the spotlight can be easily spotted.
It’s just like entering into a magnificent building and admiring the chandeliers, upholstery, the granite floor while being oblivious of the foundation and those ‘little’ cornerstones that hold that beautiful structure. This lack of awareness and appreciation for those behind the crowd has prevented many from giving out their best until they are seen and noticed by all. They do less when unnoticed and more when publicly observed. They resort to ‘eye-service’ activities, which are not healthy at all.
Nonetheless, the truth still remains – not everyone must be on the front line before they are to shine. They can still be behind the crowd and their voice heard so loud. The drummer still shines by making the song enjoyable even when hidden behind the drums; the composer still shines by hiding himself in the room where no eye sees and writes with his pen. Sometime ago, I went to see one of my mentors in his office and as soon as I sat down the first thing he said to me was, “Son, seek first to know rather than to be known.” Those words opened my eyes the more about life.
We can all still shine like the foundation that people don’t easily notice
But it’s there to make sure it holds firm the conspicuous edifice.
We can still help others shine for that good cause
Even though we are not given a public and resounding applause.
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