See and Respond

The poet philosopher should have won a Nobel Prize for literature.

Cohen was in his late 70’s when he did this show. Twice during the song, he seems to momentarily forget the lyrics. The musicians don’t miss a beat, supporting him in the best way they know: keeping the music going. Cohen recovers and delivers an incredible gentlemanly performance.

Life throws challenges at every one of us. We forget our lines. We forget who we are, or what we’re meant to do, literally and figuratively. And yet, the show must go on, as they say.

We might be the lucky ones who don’t forget, who are in control of our senses, who aren’t shaken by the challenges. And if we are, every day we have opportunities to support people around us when they stumble. Never forget.

The quote in today’s AWAD weekly digest was from Mr. Fred Rogers: “We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say “It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem. Then, there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.” The musicians supporting Mr. Cohen did that. I hope that I don’t forget to do the same every day.