>In an earlier blog I talked about two people who fell in love with a crumbling ruin of a home in France, bought it off the internet within two days of seeing it, and restored the house as a labour of love.
A few days ago I watched a programme about a man with a vision who also followed through on his dream. His name is Peter Roberts and he was a man who was well off, had his own business but got increasingly dissatisfied with the way he was living his life. He felt spiritually unfulfilled, and headed off into a completely new direction which was to change his life and those of others whom he’s been able to assist with his new creative outlet.
Mr Roberts tracked down where he could learn harp therapy and took off to the US with his wife and kids for a couple of years to learn how to play the harp, build harps and offer harp therapy to people in hospices and hospitals. I had read of harp therapy where people go into hospitals and play for patients, tuning in to each person’s needs, so I was fascinated to find someone who wasn’t part of this movement, but who took it up of his own accord
On returning from the US, Peter started taking his harp into hospices where he played to those who were dying and on their way into the hereafter. A lady with terminal ovarian cancer was interviewed, who testified how the harp music helped her cope with pain and accept her forthcoming death. Mr Roberts played the harp at her funeral and, as her coffin left the church, played a tango so that she could dance her way into the afterlife.
Peter also started playing in nurseries for premature babies where nurses and doctors found that the sound of the harp helped premmies settle down, improve their breathing and slow their heartbeat. There’s currently a scientific survey being carried out of harp music being played to premmies to establish just how the music helps their healing process.
Peter started off offering his services on a voluntary basis, but then had to sell his home and move into a smaller one, on order to survive financially. Peter has now been taken on contract by a hospital, which has stabilised his financial circumstances. He continues to play the harp for those in hospice care, for premmie babies and for others in hospital whom he can help with his music.
I found this programme quite inspirational – that someone could realise that they were lacking spiritually in their lives, really take the road less travelled, and end up providing comfort and healing to the many thousands of people, chidlren and babies with his harp music.
So if you find yourself also drawn to follow the road less travelled, set out knowing that you’ll find adventures, new beginnings and solace for the soul by following your heart.