Each year, the Kennedy Center celebrates a selection of artists who have made a lasting impact on our society. This year's event honored Argentine pianist Martha Argerich, rock band the Eagles, screen and stage actor Al Pacino, gospel and blues singer Mavis Staples, and musician James Taylor. At the event President Obama shared remarks about the honorees, and I was especially inspired by the remarks about James Taylor. He said,
"James is the consummate truth-teller about a life that can leave us with more unresolved questions than satisfying answers, but holds so much beauty that you don’t mind. And from his honesty about his own struggles with substance abuse to his decades of progressive activism, James Taylor has inspired people all over the world and helped America live up to our highest ideals."
Truth can be a hard thing to tell, but I think if we believe in ourselves enough to embrace courage, honesty and vulnerability, we will have better sight of the beauty that surrounds us, and we will remember that we're all in this together.