Last Monday evening was another of those great times. I was sitting in our family room. There, with the rest of the family, we sat down to watch a family movie. But, this wasn't just any family movie... it was special. I'll explain that, but first, a bit more of the story.
In October, I sat in a typical hotel ballroom in Tampa, Florida. There were 100 of us in the room as a tall, quiet man walked to the front after being introduced. I had gotten to know this amazingly talented man, Clayton Haslop, over the past couple of years, and listened intently as he described the piece he would play.
He lifted his violin to his chin. He drew back the bow. It seemed that the moment the first tones struck my ears, my eyes began to tear. I wept softly and quietly for 15 minutes as this virtuoso violinist poured himself through his instrument and into my very soul.
One instrument, one man, and an emotional revelation.
His has a gift, and you have probably heard it. Unless you've not ever seen Titanic, Apollo 13, The Matrix series, The Perfect Storm, or one of the other movies where he has led the orchestra as the Concertmaster. You may have seen him interviewed on The Incredibles DVD...
The reason I thought of that evening in Tampa was the movie that we watched on Monday night, Clayton's most recent: Ratatouille.
What a delightful movie!
It was great to listen to my family laugh -- especially my 6-year-old son Gabriel -- and to laugh myself. The movie was a joy. But, it also had some very insightful perspectives.
For example, early in the movie, Remy, the protagonist of the movie, gets separated from the rest of his family. He is lost and alone, and he will never see them again. In his dispair he hears some powerful wisdom from Chef Auguste Gusteau: If you focus on what you left behind, you will never see what lies ahead.
How many of us can use a slap upside the head to remind us of that truth?
There is another time in the movie when Remy reminds his father of another important truth: Change is nature, Dad.
...and so it is.
One example of change for me has been in how I am known. For my entire life until very recently, I was known by two versions of my name: formally as Stephen S. Hultquist and informally as Steve Hultquist. That was before I learned about the power in a name.
And this is where it all ties together.
You see, Clayton's wife is composer Tania Gabrielle. Tania is an amazing composer, but she has another talent: she has insights into the power in a name. As a result, I've changed how I am known. I am now Stephen Sven Hultquist.
You, too, can uncover the power -- or the obstacles -- in your name. You can learn more in her own words by visiting http://stephenhultquist.com/tania. Tania has analyzed the names of each of the members of my family so that we can make sure that they have all the benefits of a name that resonates to who they are. You can, too.
Check it out...
Stephen Sven Hultquist
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