Thank You, Susan Boyle


Susan Boyle

Sometimes there are certain moments that words don’t describe well.

Which is why I won’t try to share much about today’s posting and I’ll let this seven minute video taken from “Britain’s Got Talent” give you chills from seeing someone’s dream realized. I wish I could embed the video itself, but that feature has been disabled by YouTube for this particular video–so you’ll have to go to the link at the bottom of this posting.

When watching this, some of you will get chills.

Some will laugh, or smile.

And others will cry.

All of you will be moved.

The experience of watching this is among the most powerful I’ve felt in months. Look at the change in the audience, from the beginning, where they were laughing and mocking this lovely woman who simply has a dream–to being an audience that’s simply…inspired.

So many lessons in this seven minutes. About perceptions. Judgment. Perseverance. Potential. And dreams.

I’ve watched her performance four times in a row, and I can’t stop the overpowering sense of emotions and insight I get from watching what is probably seven of the most magical moments on television that have happened in a long while.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Here’s the link:

And, by the way, if you’re up for a little extra sentiment and contemplation, read the lyrics to the song she sang from Les Miserable “I Dreamed a Dream” below.

There was a time when men were kind
When their voices were soft
And their words inviting
There was a time when love was blind
And the world was a song
And the song was exciting
There was a time
Then it all went wrong

I dreamed a dream in time gone by
When hope was high
And life worth living
I dreamed that love would never die
I dreamed that God would be forgiving
Then I was young and unafraid
And dreams were made and used and wasted
There was no ransom to be paid
No song unsung, no wine untasted

But the tigers come at night
With their voices soft as thunder
As they tear your hope apart
And they turn your dream to shame

He slept a summer by my side
He filled my days with endless wonder
He took my childhood in his stride
But he was gone when autumn came

And still I dream he’ll come to me
That we will live the years together
But there are dreams that cannot be
And there are storms we cannot weather

I had a dream my life would be
So different from this hell I’m living
So different now from what it seemed
Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.

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16 Replies to “Thank You, Susan Boyle”

  1. I think you’re absolutely right, you can’t explain it, you just have to see it. But we’ll all keep trying to explain it anyway, won’t we?

    That’s it, I’m moving to Britain! ๐Ÿ˜‰


  2. I’ve shared this with my whole team as words cannot describe it. I pray that none of us ever stop dreaming! Truly remarkable!

    Thanks Rich!


  3. This is a great lesson for our associates, never judge a book by its cover. Susan is a diamond and there are a lot more of us out there. We may not look like diamonds, but we are. Just give us a chance.

  4. A similar thing happened on last season’s edition of “America’s Got Talent.” Neil E. Boyd, an inusrance salesman from the midwest, walked out on stage and because of his appearance, there were doubts in the audience and on the judge’s panel. Not as brutal as the jeers and laughter in the British audience, but some hesitation, like, “This guy is going to sing opera?” But the moment he opened his mouth, everything changed. Magnificent! Here is the link to that one:

    Love these underdog stories. They keep us humble and prove no dream is ever too big if we believe in it enough! Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Roland, that article is an exceptional articulation of why Susan does, indeed, make us cry.

    Thanks for the great post!

  6. Raz,
    A friend sent this to me the other day prior to me reading your blog. I cried then and I cried again! How moving! I think we all just want to have someone believe in us. Honestly, that is why I never give up on anyone that has a dream.

  7. Hi Dale–great perspective. I think you’re right about people wanting to be believed in, despite what any of us say (even us red/driver personality types!).

  8. This has undoubtedly touched my heart and soul. I’ve been utterly moved to tears of joy and hope. This is a big wake up call for so many, full of heart and the beauty of life.

    Inspirational. I’ve been sharing this with many people.

    Love and blessings,

  9. And here are some great quotes from a recent BBC article (thanks, Dad, for passing it along):

    Boyle has shattered prejudices about the connection between age,
    appearance and talent. She has proved that you don’t have to be young
    and glamorous to be talented, and recognised as such.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum, writer for US celebrity magazine Entertainment
    Weekly, said the performance was a powerful reality check.

    She wrote: “In our pop-minded culture so slavishly obsessed with
    packaging – the right face, the right clothes, the right attitudes,
    the right Facebook posts – the unpackaged artistic power of the
    unstyled, un-hip, un-kissed Ms Boyle let me feel, for the duration of
    one blazing showstopping ballad, the meaning of human grace.

    “She pierced my defences. She reordered the measure of beauty. And I
    had no idea until tears sprang how desperately I need that corrective.”

    Her post has been followed by comments from scores of readers saying
    they watched the clip repeatedly, with the same emotional response.

    “I cried SO hard,” read one. “There’s something so beautiful about
    reaching your dreams… and knowing that age means nothing.”

    Another wrote: “I cry because she reminds us to hope, to never lose
    track of our dreams, to keep putting one foot in front of the other no
    matter what others say or think. She gives us hope.”

    “Fairytales don’t come any more satisfactory than this,” wrote
    columnist Melanie Reid in The Times.

    “The sisterhood of the plain, those of us who will never look like
    Girls Aloud, nor even Girls Aloud’s grandmothers, are cheering as
    never before.

    “Susan Boyle is the ugly duckling who didn’t need to turn into a swan;
    she has fulfilled the dreams of millions who, downtrodden by the
    cruelty of a culture that judges them on their appearance, have
    settled for life without looking in the mirror.”

  10. Raz,

    I just love coming here and letting inspiration flow through my veins. Thanks for your time and the gifts you share.

    Much love,

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