Lehrer goes on to write that "there is something scary about letting ourselves go. It means that we will screw up, that we will relinquish the possibility of perfection. It means that we will say things we didn't mean to say and express feelings that we can't explain. It means that we will be onstage and not have complete control, that we won't know what we're going to play until we begin, until the bow is drawn across the strings. While this spontaneous method might be frightening, it's also an extremely valuable source of creativity."
Reading Lehrer's words and his description of Yo-Yo Ma's process reminds me of Brene Brown's work with vulnerability. So many of us work hard to keep the walls up around us, to protect us from judgment and shame. Yet when we find the courage to show ourselves and release some control, we are often rewarded with increased connection and expanded creativity.