Some of you may have read Samuel Ullman’s “Youth”, one of the most inspirational poems I have come across, each line a pithy gem. I encourage you to look it up on the web and take it to heart. Even if you are familiar with it, reading it again can lift up your spirits.
Following is one of the passages from that poem:
“In the center of your heart and my heart there is a wireless station; so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage and power from men and from the Infinite, so long are you young.”
Charice is one of the bearers of these messages of Beauty, Hope, Cheer, Courage and Power, which can only come from Above.
We are touched by the Beauty of her melodies, the purity and crystalline quality of her voice that is invariably described as angelic, waking up in each of us something of a Divine nature and overwhelming our being, which we can only express through “oohs”, “ahhs” and tears.
Her life story brings us Hope, that dreams indeed can come true – and what a story it is, a real-life Cinderella tale that is the stuff of childhood fantasy. Winds of discouragement will surely come our way, but we need to hunker down, batten down the hatches, and protect that “pilot flame” of our dreams at all costs, so we can reignite the fire of our spirit and start again.
She is a poster child for Courage, having faced adversity and trauma at such a tender age, defying all odds to triumph in her quest to better their lives, yet managing to hide all that away underneath a cheerful and child-like disposition. Her performances onstage are a visceral display of fearlessness and unflappability, what with the sight of a young girl owning the stage and attacking the power notes head on, commanding our attention and leaving us in awe.
David Foster said that she does not crack under pressure, and the more you lay on her, the better she becomes. Under pressure, she focuses her being and digs deep into her wellspring of talent and conjures up a work of beauty. This is an indication of rare and true character, one that had been forged in the furnace and anvil of her bitter past, when she had to muster her best performances to put food on the table.
We are awed by the sheer Power and quality of her voice, especially coming from her petite physique. Each performance takes us on her E-ticket ride of a vocal roller-coaster, making us scream like children and throw our hands into the air through its twists, turns, apexes and nadirs, leaving us breathless. Finishing with soothing, delicate angelic whispers, she brings us back gently to Earth, allowing us to catch our breath, and to realize that with its power and gentleness, her gift can only come from Above.
The virtual communities that form around her bring us Cheer. Initially brought together by a common yearning to express the wonderful emotions this young lady has stirred deep in us, we have developed a wonderful and warm fellowship in the course of sharing our experiences. Not only are we able to obtain cheer and inspiration for ourselves, but we are also able to pass it on. She has inadvertently started a chain reaction of goodwill, which I hope everyone will keep alive.
Ullman finishes the poem with:
“When the aerials are down, and your spirit is covered with snows of cynicism and the ice of pessimism, then you are grown old, even at twenty, but as long as your aerials are up, to catch the waves of optimism, there is hope you may die young at eighty.”
Let us all keep our aerials up, not only to tune in to these messages of inspiration, but also to amplify and rebroadcast them with our own personal touch.
As one of her songs goes, “Listen”.
Written by Arvee, Posted by Max
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