In my previous post, I encouraged you to click on this link (YouTube has asked that the video not be embedded, although I'm seeing some people violating that request) and hear Susan Boyle's beautiful rendition of "I Dreamed A Dream" on Britain's Got Talent. I'm not ashamed to say that I had tears in my eyes when the song ended, not just from her voice--although it's beautiful--but from the way the story played out.
Susan Boyle is an unmarried, unemployed 48-year-old Scottish woman who cared for her mother until the woman died at the age of 91. Susan began singing in the church she attended every Sunday. Her mother encouraged her to sing, but Susan stopped two years ago when her mother died. Because of a learning disability stemming from oxygen deprivation at birth, she'd been ridiculed much of her life. Her TV appearance started out to be another such experience. Then she started to sing, and the sarcastic grins on the faces of the judges changed to open-mouthed amazement. Despite her appearance, despite their preconception of her, this woman was talented.
Lessons? Oh, you can draw dozens from the story of Susan Boyle. Write your own parable if you wish. For those of us who write, who struggle on wondering if our efforts will ever pay dividends, uncertain whether our sweat equity in the craft will ever be rewarded, this is just another success story that gives us a glimmer of hope. If there's true talent and if that's combined with a will to succeed, there's always a chance. And that's what keeps us going. There's always a chance.