|photo courtesy Sarah Lessire|
Sarah Lessire is a singer, songwriter, composer, voice teacher, and music producer, as well as the author of The Scent of Dreams, an illustrated book for children and adults.
Your goal with The Scent of Dreams is to encourage “trust in one’s own journey” and “ease a lot of the angst that both kids and grownups feel around the idea of following their passion.” Some people worry that it's selfish to follow their dreams. How do you integrate your personal passion for your work with compassion for others and contributing to the world?
I believe that how we “serve” can be expressed in a lot of different ways. Yes, activists and volunteers serve in a very direct way, but to me, contributing to the world also means treating everyone I meet with kindness and respect, having a heart open to bounty and eyes open to beauty. And I am not of any service to anyone when I bypass what makes me come alive; when I don’t write, sing or compose, I become a bad friend and a cranky wife!
But when I take care of my inner fire and let myself answer my inner callings, I become someone who is more present to others outside of my work, and I am better able to take life in and give back. I find myself to be more kind, thoughtful and willing to help. I see my passion as the center of my life, from which everything else grows.
In your opinion, why is it important to encourage creativity in young people?