One true miracle that has come out of my chronic diseases has been my fledgling, but redemptive pursuit of singing. At first, singing was my greatest childhood love, then my silenced passion, and ultimately my most crippling fear. These posts, written in scarlet (a color of redemption), comprise my testimony to the life-altering beauty that can unexpectedly emerge from hard times. Honestly, I can’t sing very well yet. It is my ongoing challenge but also my life’s most fulfilling pursuit. I never knew just how revelatory this beautifully vulnerable adventure would be. In this series, I’d like to invite you to join me in resurrecting a silenced dream, pursuing a muted passion, or overcoming a lifelong fear. Why not you? Why not now? The Singing Series – Part 1
You’ll never amount to anything.
Why can’t you be more like your brother?
You just don’t look the part.
You don’t have what it takes.
You’re so lazy.
Sorry, but no.
How many of you have ever had a teacher, coach, parent, older adult, or someone of authority tell you that you weren’t good enough to do something? Has your spirit ever been devastatingly crushed by just a few ill-spoken words?
And why do those words still echo in our minds so loudly, even today?
Words of unfounded criticism.
Sentences of confinement.
Charges of worthlessness.
Why can those early criticisms STILL bring even extremely successful adults to a point of nothingness?
How did we lose our wide-eyed wonderment of childhood and our perception of boundless potential?