When we first start as a musician, artist, photographer, writer, entrepreneur, or filmmaker we often are in a different state than later when we become successful or serious. As the American composer, Tony Anderson describes his early years so well: “There was no idea that I could be successful and there was no idea that I could fail. And it was fun.”
What happens to us when all of that childlike fun from which we often start, suddenly gets replaced for deadlines, full agendas, pressure from managers, media, and critics, inner fear and comparison, or “adult-like approach to music” as Tony describes it. I too find myself often so busy with the business side and inner fights of it that I have hardly time to make music. And this is not just limited to the area of music. When I observe some of our famous spiritual teachers, best-selling authors, or even founders of great causes, they probably too started from fun or with a beautiful and pure idea, until something suddenly took over. Money gets involved, a team becomes an organization, thousands of followers become millions.
Do fear and comparison take over from the joy we once started?
Lucky for us the Universe created some very special beings
Lucky for us the Universe created some very special beings. People who some of us call “different” or “weird” but actually seem souls with a special mission that mirror back at us where it really is about.
Let me introduce you to Donnie…
Donnie lives next door to Tony and regularly asks to come in. As Tony is a very busy man he at first has no idea how to respond other than not inviting him in. But as Donnie keeps on trying, Tony gives in and gets to see something beautiful.
Donnie doesn’t know what Tony does and he doesn’t care. He is not impressed by which brands use Tony’s music or how many followers he has. Tony: “Society thinks there is something wrong with him. I use to think there is something wrong with him. But Donnie is the greatest gift in my life.”
What happens next is so beautiful and touched my heart. Please watch this beautiful short documentary where Tony Anderson takes us back to the moment when Donnie knocked repeatedly on his door.
The documentary shows us it is the Donnies in this world that help us remember to go back to the simple things of life. The interactions with people, animals, nature. Enjoying food. Making music because we love the process of creating. Starting a foundation because we want to do good. Setting up fairtrade to help people, not to make a profit. Sharing our experiences, not to become a guru, but as someone who wants to share because maybe just maybe one person’s life might change.
This video has awakened something in me. It opened up my heart. It helped me remember to go back to the love and joy that we are. Thank you Donnie for being you! For being so connected to what is our original source self! And thank you, Tony, for being so brutally honest with yourself and sharing your reflection with the rest of the world!
Video made by Musicbed, Music by Tony Anderson, and Young Collective