Today, Oprah hosted a 45th anniversary reunion of the cast of The Sound of Music, one of the sunniest stories of all time. It has the essentials of true sunniness: optimism and sincerity coupled with personal integrity and courage. (If you’re going to stay sunny, you really need those last two. Otherwise, the personal compromises will dim your sunny side. Trust me on that one.)
So here I am, sitting alone in my living room singing “Edelweiss” along with the real-life great-grandchildren of Maria VonTrapp, grinning like an idiot. As always, I can’t get past “Bless my homeland forever” without getting all weepy. It’s OK. Christopher Plummer, Julie Andrews, and Oprah are all a bit weepy, too.
It’s my favorite movie scene of all time: Captain VonTrapp alone on stage, singing; the Nazis squirming in their seats; the Captain’s voice faltering; Maria and the kids stepping in and the whole theater joining them in song; Nazis soundly put in their place. Everything will turn out all right.
And here’s my wish for all of you today: Bloom and grow, forever.
To do that, of course, you’ll need a bit of sun.