As Martin Luther King Jr. Day approaches I’ve been doing a little thinking about people.  What I love about people, specifically.  With so much negativity and tragedy constantly highlighted in the news I find myself searching out and celebrating the good in humanity, because I believe that there is so much more good in this world than there is bad.

What I love most about Martin Luther King Jr.’s character was his fearlessness and his ability to love and inspire others. When I think about people who impact me the most, those are the things I admire about them.  People who do good, love others, and who celebrate life – those are my kind of people.

That’s why I had to share a few of my favorite orchestra flashmob videos.  As a former clarinet-playing band geek, being flash-mobbed by an orchestra is a dream of mine (I’m being 100% serious).  Watching the joy on the faces of the onlookers is just as good as watching the talented musicians publicly share their gifts.  Something about this makes me believe that inside all of us there is a God-given mission to use our gifts to bring love and joy to others.

One hundred people from the Vallès Symphony Orchestra, the Lieder, Amics de l’Òpera and Coral Belles Arts choirs came together in Catalonia, Spain, to perform Beethoven’s Ode to Joy.  This actually brought tears to my eyes.

Surprised metro passengers enjoyed a performance of Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt by The Coopenhagen Philharmonic.  I bet they all walked off that train with a spring in their step that wasn’t there when they entered it.

Let’s all go out there and fearlessly use our gifts and talents to love others.