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“You can’t wait until life isn’t hard anymore to decide you are going to be happy.” – Nightbirde
A young woman with cancer sang, earlier this week, to audition for “America’s Got Talent.” That show is, IMO, mostly dumb and even a little grotesque. But every once in a rare while, something magical happens.
There is a wisdom in this world that I’m afraid only ever comes to a person by walking through the fires of suffering. You can almost sense in another person, even before you know their story, whether they have learned the lessons that can be found only in that crucible. Usually, there are clues that they have cast off triviality and shallow appetites, and there’s a knowing kind of aura in their face, and especially around their eyes.
Something similar, I think, happens when young men go off to war and they come home and they’re altered in some essential way. They have seen things, and learned something deep and disturbing and profound about themselves and the fallenness of the world.
If you yourself have ever staggered on unsteady legs through the wilderness of suffering, you will know only too well the honesty and insight of this remark to the judges:
“It’s important that everyone know that I’m so much more than the bad things that happen to me.”
In the lyrics to her original song, she sang “we’re all a little lost, and it’s alright.” But listening to the pearls of wisdom coming out of her mouth as she spoke to the judges, it was Tolkien’s observation that seemed more apt in describing this young woman:
“Not all who wander are lost.”
If you’re a praying person, you might offer up a prayer for her.