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Posted On: 27 February 2016 11:11 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 01:55 pm

A knock on the door

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We are about to embark on to the busy work week, where we will be juggling family, work, errands and... enduring traffic.

To begin our week on a positive note, we thought to share this speech which was given by Vincent Corver, an international award-winning concert pianist and producer, at the Sound + Vision event hosted at HBKU earlier this month. Hopefully, this will inspire to you take on positive initiaves and challenge some of our negatively growing social norms. At any moment, a new opportunity may present itself, lets always remain open and positive so that we may recognize it.

A Knock on the Door

By Vincent Corver

In this age of ‘instant gratification’ our lives from a young age are consumed by the presence of iPhones, iPads, TV-screens and other electronics that cause the decay of our own imagination, and thereby the failing desire to shape goals which may realize our dreams.

Social Media is showing us a world of lifestyle illusions, which we desperately seek to imitate and identify ourselves with. Portraying our desires on the wall like a momentum in time, but not teaching us their factual realism, working hardship, sweat and tears behind them.

Our fears of social rejection are ever-growing. We choose to advocate jealousy, negative criticism and competitiveness over kindness and our willingness to share positive thoughts. We are so desperately absorbed by our own style and look we forget to experience what is factually around us and how we may aspire to grow as individuals with passion and vision. We forget to actually ‘see’ the opportunities that are given to us on daily basis and how we may use them to open new doors and create new opportunities in our own life. Essentially, our curiosity is King.

In this ‘social world’ we all share a common desire; ‘recognition’ - even in the smallest of forms; yet we often fail to realize that recognition is reflected by outreach, which in turn evokes comeback, which in turn generates recognition. We forget a compliment may have a profound impact on someone’s life, thus to be kind to others who are battling for their dreams. In all sincerity, the ‘compliment’ is the very ‘seed’ that grows into the tree of talent existing in all of us.

People often forget our human abilities are endless, and with the right passion and immortal determination we are granted the opportunity to achieve the impossible. Education becomes the art form of teaching us to listen out for moments of opportunity. Often the most meaningless moments may appear the most valuable in the end, like a simple ‘knock on the door’.