Jed and I were driving in the car the other night. The radio was on and there was some sort of program going on that people could call in and sing their favorite song. After listening to rendition after terrible rendition, I started to wonder about motivation. What was it that pushed these people to call the radio station and sing for others all over the state? Did they just feel ultra-confident about their voice? Passionate about the particular song? Anxious to be heard on air?
(Thanks dojiline for the sweet flikr picture)
I am partially motivated by guilt. I volunteer to give prayers and I answer all of the doy questions because no one else will do it. And I can't bear that the poor teacher suffer any longer in silence. Would I feel guilty enough to call the radio station and sing because no one else was doing it? I don't think so. Now, if it was a poor sap teaching Sunday School while staring around the room at everyone looking at their feet? Maybe. Probably...if the silence lasted just long enough. I swear, if you're a teacher, you want me in your class. I'd sing a blinking solo just to keep you from developing those embarrassing armpit tacos.
So, I was wondering about this, and the next day in church we were singing Hymns as a congregation. Out of nowhere I hear a voice singing a descant. The descant is nice, don't get me wrong, but again, I start to wonder. What is it that gives one the motivation, the courage, the will to go ahead and sing the descant--even if she is the lone high soprano amidst a whole bunch of lay-singers?
And comments. We all know the type of person that comments every time there is a pause in a discussion, lesson, conversation, meeting. You're thinking of one right now, aren't you. What is it that causes such a burning desire to express everything and all the time? I just don't know. Or what about non-commenters? You know, those that probably really have something great to say, but don't. Maybe too shy? Too proud? Not confident? Scared of others' reactions? Don't care?
And you. What motivates you?
(And it's okay if you're too shy, proud, not confident, scared of others' reactions or apathetic--I won't expect an answer from you. I will wish for one. Hope for one. Dream of one.)