My He(ART)-Full Life

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

courageous heart

I have been thinking a lot about courage these past few months. It's been showing up in my art, my morning pages and journals...and the books I have been reading. But when Tim sent me an e-mail today that included this puts things in a whole new perspective. I don't know if you've heard about this amazingly courageous young man, Emmanuel Kelly. Both him and his brother are casualties of war. They were found in a box as infants...abandoned and severely disabled by chemical warfare. They ended up in an Iraqi orphanage until they were rescued and adopted. So here he is, in the video above, on the X Factor singing show ...please just watch it!
At only about 17 years old (he has no idea what his actual age is because he was found without any documentation)...he has a grace and maturity far beyond his years. He is such a bright light...his spirit just shines. There is no "why me", "poor me"" etc etc attitude...there is only a glowing acceptance and the love of an open heart...a courageous heart. So...two minutes into the video I am bawling my eyes out...but then...when he starts to sing John Lennon's "Imagine"...I sort of completely lose it!! It speaks to me of the incredible resilience and beauty of the human spirit. How-no matter what happens to us-our potentiality is infinite. We have the capacity to survive, endure and thrive. He has inspired me to no end! Tell me what you think.
* I totally agree ladies-his mother is an absolute angel!!


Amanda@runninghood said...

Crying here too. So beautiful. Resilience is one of the most beautiful things I've found about the human spirit. I have so much more I could say about this topic but it is late and I really should be sleeping so I can get up with my three kiddos tomorrow. Thank you for sharing. Really puts things in perspective.

lisa said...

What a beautiful post this is Soraya. I actually saw this video, and cannot tell you how many times I have gone back to it to watch again. I could not agree with you more, in that it truly does put things into perspective. And then some.

Thank you so much for sharing this at The Creative Exchange. It is truly perfect for it.

Sending you wishes for a wonderful day!


Janet said...

Thank you for posting this video. It was amazing. It certainly makes any problems I have seem trivial. Courage and resilience are things this young man has plenty of and I wish him great success with his career.

Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

Oh my gosh...crying too. Not only for his courage and resilience, but for the kindness of his mother. It shows how one person CAN make a difference. So beautiful. Thank you for sharing this Soraya!!

Carola Bartz said...

I've seen this video a few days ago and was very touched by it. He and his brother are amazing, and so is his adoptive mother - beautiful at heart!