This summer while visiting my daughter at her home in Queenstown, New Zealand, we were walking along the picturesque waterfront with the snow capped mountains in the background. There, playing a beat up piano, sat a man totally absorbed in making beautiful music. The piano busker, as he is known, is there most days to share his original compositions and add to the idyllic setting on Lake Waukatipu.
His music drew a good-sized crowd who had stopped to listen. When the crowd dispersed I saw the sign propped against his stool and felt a lump in my throat. As I read it, I experienced a flood of emotions.
It stated, "This piano came from the dump. I have restored, repaired and re-tuned it in an ongoing self-inflicted piano tuning apprenticeship."
As School Counselors we are "re-tuning" our students to find the beauty and value they possess and giving them the skills to make something beautiful out of lives others may dismiss as worthless.
How do you restore, repair and re-tune the students and relationships in your school? Is there a student in your school who is like the piano rescued by the piano busker? I would love to hear your thoughts below.