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It Felt Love

Did the rose
Ever open its heart
And give to this world
All its
It felt the encouragement of light
Against its
We all remain

After a car bomb ripped through his Baghdad neigbourhood, Karim Wasfi, the conductor of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra, sat on a stool amidst the rubble and played his cello. Here is an extract from his interview by Al Jazeera :

So the act of playing the cello was the opposite to the act of detonating a bomb?
Yes. Creating life, basically. I don’t want that to turn into an inevitability of the situation in Iraq: death experienced on a daily basis. No, I want to do the opposite. Life is experienced on a daily basis. Even though we don’t experience normalcy. When things are normal, I will have more responsibilities and obligations. But when things are insane and abnormal like that, I have the obligation of inspiring people, sharing hope, perseverance, dedication, and preserving the momentum of life.

How did people react to you when you started to play?
They loved it. Soldiers cried. They kissed, they clapped, they felt alive, they felt human and they felt appreciated and respected, which does not surprise me.

Would you dare to do something like this? I’m almost certain I wouldn’t be able to.

Maybe life is calling us in smaller ways to stand up to injustice, fear, superstition.

Perhaps life is calling us to be authentic – to risk opening ourselves to the light and in doing so bring meaning to ourselves and others.

Could life be calling us to risk being unpopular for the greater good?

Is life calling us to open ourselves to feel the pain, the heartache, the fears of others…..To be men and women of compassion?

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  1. Nabanita Dhar Nabanita Dhar October 3, 2016

    I didn’t know about him. Thanks for sharing his story , Corinne. So inspiring. I too don’t know if I would be able to do it if I were in his place. I get anxious at the sight of minor troubles, I don’t think I could be so brave and selfless as he was. I think the world needs more people like him. We need to be more like him

  2. Mackenzie Glanville Mackenzie Glanville October 2, 2016

    Oh Corinne what an inspirational read! I do believe that we are called to make a difference, and that difference matters most when things are hard. I would love to think I can make a difference, I hope in some very tiny way my blog makes a difference, but I am inspired to do more xx #mg

  3. Karen Karen September 30, 2016

    Such a positive post. Makes you think against the negatives with positivity #mg

  4. Mel Mel September 28, 2016

    It is such a daring and important act not to meet hate and anger with more hate and anger. To instead play your cello, as it were, during a time when it would be understandable if you packed your instrument away and withheld the music from everyone.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 28, 2016

      Yes, such an unusual response and such a powerful statement of hope amidst destruction. Thanks for stopping by, Mel.

  5. Vasantha Vivek Vasantha Vivek September 28, 2016

    What Karim Wasfi did was a loving gesture. Life is lived in happier moments than anything else. Corinne, you inspired me to join #1000Speak. Love to you.

  6. Anamika Agnihotri Anamika Agnihotri September 27, 2016

    It wouldn’t be easy for anyone to do what Karim Wapsi did that day. There was something remarkable he said – Life is to be experienced on a daily basis.

  7. Modern Gypsy Modern Gypsy September 27, 2016

    These little acts of bravery are what restores my belief in humanity. Would I be able to do something like that? I don’t know. But these stories just fill up my heart with wonder.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 27, 2016

      Yes, we must really hear a lot more stories like this and I believe that there are many.

  8. Rajlakshmi Rajlakshmi September 27, 2016

    I would have cried too if I had watched him play the Cello. How humanity rises in situation like these is amazing. Beautiful post Corinne.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 27, 2016

      You can watch the video, Rajlakshmi. It brought tears to my eyes – imagine how people there felt.

  9. Parul Thakur Parul Thakur September 27, 2016

    Wow! Inspiring. it’s certainly not easy to attempt something like that in times of crisis. Thank you for sharing the story. It tells that we all need hope.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 27, 2016

      Hope – it’s a word in short supply, but we can add to it in small yet powerful ways.

  10. seena seena September 27, 2016

    I think it takes a lot of courage to come out in the middle of all that and remind people to hope for a better tomorrow..
    So important to remember this..
    Thankyou Corinne.

  11. Lux G. Lux G. September 27, 2016

    I guess we can all learn from the rose. 🙂

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 27, 2016

      Yes, we can. It’s hard to make ourselves vulnerable, but we must.

  12. Sunaina Sharma Sunaina Sharma September 27, 2016

    Music amidst pain…..hope amidst despair……this is so touching……and beautiful poem too…….This will stay with me for sometime. Thanks for sharing it Corinne…..

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 27, 2016

      It’s strange that I came across both on the same day, Sunaina and just had to share because they made so much sense to me.

  13. Lori Holden Lori Holden September 26, 2016

    I love the story of the cellist, about living, creating and inspiring even amid destruction. Really brings things together.

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