This weekend we watched a movie called As It Is In Heaven, a Swedish film about a small town boy who escapes his town and becomes a famous conductor. He has a heart attack onstage and returns to his town to lead the local choir. His dream is to create music that “opens people’s hearts,” but his heart is closed. “The choir” has quickly become code in our house for the inherent dysfunctionality in humans and the possibility of brilliance.
Each person in the choir has some human vulnerability, as we all do. In their effort to pull together, they face and accept each others’ weaknesses. And, through the joy of singing together, each person finds his or her “tone.” With open hearts, they create the most amazing harmony.
This is a film of achievement, relationship, and the reality of life. For me, it is a mirror of team and organizational life.