Susan Boyle, in that first audition, is one of my greatest heroines. She sings the truth through the light of her open heart, and it blesses all who hear it. Even now, when it’s racked up over 50,000,000 views on YouTube (there are several clips posted, that’s the collective total as of this writing), it continues to bless those who see and hear it.
What if I could be like Susan Boyle was in that audition, every day? What if I could be willing to forgive every past disappointment and hurt, and even forgive those who were mocking me in the very moment that they did so, and just open my heart and my mouth and sing and bless them in the next instant?
If I could, then I would be free.
To me, what Susan Boyle did in her first audition was transcendent. She had been laughed at all her life, and called “Simple Susan” as a child. In fact, she’d had an earlier audition a few years prior for a similar show and apparently the judge was more interested in making fun of her than in hearing her sing. His loss.
If you read up on her, you learn that she was essentially unemployed her entire adult life, never married, no children. Living alone with her cat, Pebbles. I cringe with sadness when I think of it: that beautiful, transcendent voice hidden away in a Scottish village, alone at home with her cat her whole life. Meanwhile she had to endure the mockery and condescension of those who had the power to give her an opportunity.
I write a lot on the topics of self-love, on releasing our negativity and tapping into the power and expression of our higher selves.
For my next few posts I want to write about one of the most inspirational examples I have ever witnessed of a woman doing just those things. It’s always good to have an example to show us the way.
I was raised from a very young age to always give thanks and show gratitude – especially for the little things that are easy to take for granted.
Gratitude to me is the quality of being thankful, and the readiness to show kindness and appreciation to those around you.
I believe the eyes are the highlight of any face.
To me, the color doesn’t matter so much… it’s what the eyes reveal about one’s state of being that I believe makes them attractive (or sometimes, not so attractive) to others.
Becoming a mother changed my life. I would never, ever choose to go back to the time before my daughters were born, or before I was fortunate enough to become a stepmother to my wonderful stepson, as these children are the greatest blessings I have ever experienced. I admit though that even with my little darlings there are challenging moments from time to time, and as a mother I have been called upon to truly develop patience in a way I never had to before.
A key message from Miranda’s new book Empower Yourself is that we each need to recognize and appreciate our uniqueness. In my experience, I have often had reason to recognize the unique contributions of each player on my team, and it’s always more than just their basic skill set that people contribute. People also contribute unique perspectives, humor, and creative ideas. Sometimes this causes tension, but I have learned that under the tension there is usually commitment and caring. The trick is to keep moving the energy back into positive flow.
Work, friends, family, personal time—I have a very full schedule. Children, friends, parents, siblings, neighbors, colleagues and pets—there are so many beings who need my attention at any given time. I have found to my regret at times that I allowed myself to get out of balance by focusing too much on one area and ignoring the others, and that always has negative repercussions.
There are certain tools I have acquired that have helped me on my path to success more than others, and two of those are positive affirmations and prayer. I often look for my inspiration to the Founder and Managing Director of KORA Organics (and one of my dearest friends), who has traveled around the world as a model, commercial spokesperson, author, and advocate for numerous causes involving animals, the environment, and children. Miranda often says that she couldn’t have done any of this without genuine self-worth and personal power, and she has built that through the use of daily affirmations and prayer.
Childhood and the process of growing up can sometimes be very challenging. Most of us have struggled at times to navigate through the many types of issues that may arise. We all need someone to turn to during these times of need and this is especially true for children and young adults. Unfortunately, not every child has someone available as a counsellor. As a mother herself, Miranda chose to dedicate her time and voice to raise awareness of the solution provided by Kids Helpline. She is an ambassador for Kids Helpline Australia, and in her work she reaches out to raise awareness of the wonderful work that Kids Helpline is doing to support children and young adults to have counseling services available to them and encourage kids to reach out for advice whenever they need someone to talk to.