In his July 17, 2010 column in The New York Times (”Tweet Less, Kiss More”), Bob Herbert warns against our constant multitasking as we’re so locked into technology — email1317, tweeting, watching television — and suggests we put down some of our gadgets and spend more time just being ourselves. He says we need to pay more attention on the nonmaterial things that ”fulfill us, give meaning to our lives, enlarge us, and enable us to more easily embrace those around us.”
Herbert tell us: ”There’s a character in the August Wilson play ‘Joe Turner’s Come and Gone’ who says everyone has a song inside of him or her, and that you lose sight of that song at your peril. If you get out of touch with your song, forget how to sing it,” the character warns, ”you’re bound to end up frustrated and dissatisfied.”
Then this same character, recalling a time when he was out of touch with his own song, says ”Something wasn’t making my heart smooth and easy.”
These are important words that August Wilson wrote, and I ask you to write about the ”song” in your own life. What is your personal song telling you? What is its message? Can you hear your song, or have your lost touch with what is most meaningful in your heart and soul? Write about the song within you and share it with us, please. Sing it to us.