18 April, 2009

I Dreamed a Dream

"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...
...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."-I Dreamed a Dream, from the musical, Les Miserables, music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, Lyrics by Alain Boublil

Susan Boyle from Scotland delivered a most amazing performance on Britain's Got Talent, an American-Idol-like show, last week. It was not just amazing, it was inspiring, even encouraging. Have you seen the video on You Tube?


For all the people in the world who have a big dream they wish to realize and someone said to them, "you can't"; Susan Boyle, in her beautiful voice tells us "yes, you can".


She didn't look the part of a star or what we believe a star should look like. She looks matronly. She is a bit rough. A bit awkward. They were laughing at her. They were making fun of her. She always wanted to sing in front of a large audience. Today was her day and she believed. She faced the GIANTS in her life. She stood before an audience, in front of the judges, who assumed that she was some kind of a joke and would deliver a ridiculous and humiliating performance.


And then, with a clear and powerful voice, Susan Boyle showed the skeptics how wrong they were in jumping to conclusions. Suddenly, Susan is a sensation. Suddenly, there are many people around the world, who know who Susan Boyle is. Suddenly, there are many people who want to hear her sing more songs. Life for Susan Boyle has suddenly changed AFTER the show, from the life she knew BEFORE the show.


She dreamed of being a singer. She is 47 years old. She still believed in her dream, after all these years. Have you ever been fooled and missed true beauty? Susan Boyle redefined beauty. She sang it so strongly and so loudly, we will always remember, so we recognize it easily the next time.

We need to be more like Susan Boyle. We need to dream and we need to hope. With every bit of courage and faith and hope that you can muster, even pulling it from the tips of your toes, you must embrace it and keep going, no matter who is trying to discourage you, no matter what someone says about you, your level of experience and knowledge, your horses or your breeding program.


SUDDENLY, as SUDDENLY happened in Susan's life, can also SUDDENLY happen in your life. In the darkest hour, the bleakest moment, when things look grim...SUDDENLY appears and things will just never be the same. We must continue to dream, in spite of whatever may convince us to give up and lose hope, because SUDDENLY, things may be so much better.

So now, are you ready to battle the GIANTS in your life?

EnJoy your life, EnJoy your horses,



Tzviah said...

Ralph, you said it so well.
Her performance touched the emotions of an entire world and made us stop and think how we pre-judge in our minds what we see with our eyes.
We all need to remember to look more deeply, with the heart as well as the eye.

Ceilidh said...

Ralph; Thank you for your story on your friend Tzviah's horses.I too am an admirer of the horse El Nahr Montego. While I knew that he had been exported I didn't know if he had left any descendents in Israel and the question has always remained in my mind. Perhaps if you know the answer you could post it here. I also enjoyed your insightful and inspiring comments regarding Susan Boyle.I was very moved by this womans courage and tremendous talent.It was a wonderful set of coincidences that brought me to your site. In need of inspiration today I google searched Susan Boyle / arabian horses and your site popped up. Your words of courage and perserverance have helped me to continue to believe in my dream of raising Arabian horses! Thank you!