I love the man who can smile in trouble
who can gather strength in distress
grow brave by reaction ..
Whose heart is firm
And whose conscience approves his conduct
- Thomas Paine -
After having watched the Called To Serve videos, let’s ponder over those lines.
David Archuleta – who has just turned into a young man – who had described himself as “dorky” and perceived as “goofy” by many just a couple of years ago – yet now so much more mature of thought .. so deep and firm of love and convictions .. so generous and sincere of spirit .. so emphatic in living his life his way.
Whatever misgivings we might have had 2 years ago, it is my feeling now that I’ve watched the vids, that his stint in Chile has brought back a man worthy of our admiration and emulation, more so than ever before – and most possibly, an artiste worth waiting for, to say the very least. I see a bright light shining for both David as a person and as an artiste.
Many of life’s lessons and principles of intelligence cannot be taught at universities or from reading books. In fact, most are learned from having gone through afflictions, tribulations and such mortal experiences. I feel whatever hardships he might have gone through during his 2 years in Chile, and whatever sense of endurance – physical, emotional or mental – had contributed to his life’s education; to a more profound development of qualities like patience and fortitude and a wider scope of the world and its sufferings.
These qualities and experience will also stand David in good stead in his music.
As Helen Keller says “Only through experiences of trials and sufferings can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired and success achieved.”
As a mama-archie of the most worrying kind, I could not help but be emotionally affected while watching those Call To Serve videos – witnessing with my own eyes the distances he walked (where are all the bicycles we read about?) – probably for miles under the hot Chilean sun – and drenched by the stormy rains (do they have those in Chile like in Malaysia?) - to plod through remote places to reach the people he needed to help .. the souls he felt he needed to save.
If I were his Abuelita, I would have tearfully clung onto him too with pride and love like the way she did at the airport ;). But since I am not, I will make a promise to myself to cling onto following him – remain his believing and supportive fan for a looooooooooooooooooooooooooong time to come.
For some comic relief, I am posting some pictures based on my thoughts and feelings after watching the vids, but mostly from my mama imagination, and underlined with some light humour. It’s time to smile and celebrate – not just David’s return – but also to celebrate just knowing that there is such an admirable being as David Archuleta living amongst us - someone we can all emulate. :)
Much time was taken up in avoiding obstacles
But he was not always so lucky
Sometimes fans were a little .. em .. invasive?
Or people were often unresponsive to spiritual matters maybe?
And exhaustion was the order of the day every evening? :(
God Bless, David!
May you go through your transition smoothly without obstacles! :)