Definition of OPUS
: work; especially : a musical composition or set of compositions usually numbered in the order of its issue (the composer’s final opus was performed posthumously to great acclaim)
I’m no musician, that definition was obviously stolen from a dictionary. Still I can’t help but notice two important things. First, “work”. We behold most works of art in their completed stage, after the artists has striven for years to perfect their technique. The better the artist is at their craft, the less likely we are to notice the amount of work poured into their art.
The fact that the opus is performed posthumously seems a shame; I recently was reminded that most of us will never hear applause again after our high school graduation.
For these reasons, I find the scene especially important. It’s longer than I like to post for a movie clip, but today is a Wednesday – an ordinary, run-of-the-mill workday, and I want to remind you how important your everyday life is. As Jackie Robinson put it, “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”
click pic to watch 6:10 clip from Mr. Holland’s Opus