Friday, April 17, 2009
You Just Never Know
Earlier this week it occured to me that we really, seriously have a lot to learn as human beings. We've blogged about this topic here before. I'm speaking of making judgments of others based on how they LOOK. Are we, as a society, ever going to learn?
I have never in my life chosen my friends on the basis of what they look like or how much money they have or if they hold positions of power. Beauty, as we are taught in every church in the world, is in the HEART. Maybe it's time we started believing that. Several of my friends have posted about Susan Boyle and we are all singing her praises...and rightly so. Seldom do we see Simon Cowell so flumoxed or see such a relatively hateful audience make a 360 degree turn and literally fly to their feet to cheer. If you haven't seen this video yet, please take a look. I tried to post the video here but the codes have been disabled for this particular clip.
When I saw this video, I teared up. I thought...oh, how WONDERFUL! It gave me the biggest thrill to see this 'everywoman' take the stage and triumph as she did.
I was so interested to learn more about this woman so I did some reading. She lives in a small village in Scotland. When she was in her early 20's she was enrolled in a London Acting Academy but returned to her village to care for her sick mother. Her mother passed away a few years ago and now, Susan lives alone with her cat, Pebbles. She is unemployed but does lots of charity work for her church and the neighborhood kids are known to call her names. When she had the chance to audition for Britain's Got Talent, she took her chance. Her big shot. She wanted to do it for her mom who'd wanted good things for her. Susan went for it. Yes, she is 47. So what? It just took her a little longer to get the chance to reach for her dreams. Does anyone believe that dreams are only for the young? You would be mistaken about that.
I hope you don't mind my sharing and I'm certain by now, you've seen this but I just wanted to share my thoughts.