Why are we doing what we are doing? Borodin’s Overture to Prince Igor.

Why are we doing what we are doing?
Can we ask this question?
Or are we too afraid of it?
What secrets might reveal?
What insights might come to us?
Why are we doing what we are doing?
To get appreciation or to live fulfillment?

There seems to be a fine line which can easily blur.
Why am I doing what I am doing?
To get appreciation?
Or because my inner source guides me there?

It is easy to strive for appreciation, especially if one is appreciated. A circle of dependency occurs. Suddenly it is not anymore about the matter itself but about the need to get more and more appreciation.
A side effect of striving for appreciation is perfectionism. Unreachable for any human being it becomes a painful place to be in.

It depends on us how we deal with appreciation, how we deal with success. Does it emerge out of a striving for outer appreciation or out of inner fulfillment?

When I think about this, I think of Borodin’s Overture to his opera ‘Prince Igor’. Borodin’s musical language is very free, with abandon. I feel it is coming out of an inner well which is making its way as it flows in the moment.

Listen to Borodin’s Overture to his opera ‘Prince Igor’ in a live-recording with the MDR Symphonieorchester and Thomas Dausgaard:

Reitendes Paar, Kandinsky 1906-1907
Credits to: Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München, Gabriele Münter Stiftung 1957