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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Believe



BELIEVE: to have a particular mind set for a certain situation or hopeful outcome.


Believing in yourself and what you stand for is the theme for this story.When you believe in something with your whole heart, your dreams can come true. Taylor Hicks believed when he took that plane to Las Vegas for the American Idol auditions. He could of gone anywhere in the world, but he listened to his heart. He believed in himself and his dream came true. The following is a true story written by a close friend and how she believed…..


“I have always believed that God gives us angels. You never know when, where or why they come into your life. This last year, I have felt those angels in ways I could never have imagined. Back in my high school days, I had an art teacher who helped to reveal my talent. Michael was prematurely gray and would perch on the art tables and with his long legs swinging he would either sing old blues tunes or wail on his harp during class. I was mesmerized by that melancholy, soulful sound. That man played a pivotal role in my life.


Years later I turned on the television and saw Taylor Hicks. When he pulled out his harp to play, I was nailed to the floor. Old memories came flooding back of music and laughter, comfort and a long lost friendship. There was an old familiarity about Taylor that made me smile. There he stood and from his lips I heard this amazing soulful voice and saw destiny in his eyes. That destiny would eventually touch my own life.


After immersing myself in the world of a Taylor Hicks fan, I decided to attend the “mini-Soul Patrol” convention in Wilkes-Barre. I had only intended to see LIMBO but a kind soul gifted me a ticket to the AI show. I was moved by the generosity and kindness of people I had only communicated with online. I never heard their voices, but they treated me like a long lost friend.. Because of Taylor, that weekend in Wilkes-Barre built friendships that I will carry with me forever, so it was an easy decision when Teri (cydter - my own little angel) suggested we see Taylor’s show in Myrtle Beach. The rest of my angels (Jean, Mandy, Robyn, Cheri and Heather Ann) quickly jumped on the bandwagon. I knew I wanted to do something special for them.

After all, each one of them had given me so much in their own way.
On Christmas morning a quiet, clear concept idea was whispered into my brain - do five drawings of Taylor, make note cards and give them to my friends at Myrtle Beach. What was I thinking? I had not picked up a sketchbook in over a decade. But this concept came from somewhere deep in my heart; a labor of love. With each stroke of the pencil, every shadow, every line, I became more and more excited thinking about how the girls would react when they got their gift. Never once did it cross my mind that Taylor would ever see them.
The night we arrived in Myrtle Beach, I gave the girls the note cards and they were astounded. My heart just swelled with joy to see the look on their faces. Then I showed them a print of all five drawings that a friend helped me make in the off chance that I could get it to Taylor somehow. My angels were so blown away by the artwork and through a series of events that aligned just right…the way it was meant to be… I found myself standing at the House of Blues waiting to give my gift to a man who has inspired me in ways he could never truly grasp. When he was in front of me, I felt like 5 year old handing over my present. I did all but scuff the floor with my shoes. His huge brown eyes looked from me to the print and back again. “These are the truest renditions I’ve seen yet.” Taylor was quite impressed. Every moment that I spent working on those portraits in my living room seemed like magic. The inspiration had come full circle. But it never would have been possible without those special friends by my side. Having them with me only compounded my own sense of joy. Their tears and Taylor’s warm looks and praise warmed me to my very soul.


My faith in many things has been restored. Taylor’s inspiration led me to many new and precious friends. When I let go, positive things began to happen, and much of it came from angels whose voices I’ve yet to hear.”


Wanda(aka Laurensilk) will be raffling one of her sketches soon. The money will be donated to a charity in Taylor's Hicks name ..........

Believe!!!!



Written by, Teri (Cydter)



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12 comments:

Jennifer said...

This is inspiring and I am honored to know a talent like Wanda.
;o)

lakota said...

Taylor has inspired me to listen to music again which I love and I'm thankful he has given me the passion for it....

PurpleButterflies said...

I am so happy that I was there to witness everything that happened. It was a beautiful and touching moment in time that I will treasure forever. It really was meant to be.

DidNotExpectThat said...

Your talent is amazing and it is wonderful that Taylor has inspired many of us to lofty endeavours. I am thrilled that Taylor was able to see your renderings. I am sure he will treasure them. Thanks so much for sharing your story. Yes, I do BELIEVE!!!

RagsQueen said...

To read this entry is to relive that week-end and the events that happened! It was wonderful seeing the beautiful talent and finished work. Taylor was definitely awe-struck by them. To share such a treasure with your friends was wonderful, but to share it with everyone else, is truly moving! Thank you for doing so, and more importantly, for being my friend!

Claire said...

What a great story. This is like reading someone's journey and seeing that journey become so unexpectedly life altering! I know this is going to be the beginning of my journey with great friends. Thanks Wanda for sharing your story. Thanks Taylor for being you and for believing in yourself!

Lmo said...

What a wonderful and inspiring story!!! Thank you for sharing!

maryann1 said...

This is a very inspirational story and a life altering one as well. Taylor never gave up on his dream and faced many obstacles along the way...but still persued that dream.....To have a talent that had not been used in a while and then to have it brought to life again by this one man...is a testimont to his character and is an inspiration to all of us...Don't Ever Give up in the persuit of your dream, no matter how long it takes.

Thank you for sharing it with us.

ms.sonny said...
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Lmo said...

Sonny--
That is a beautiful story!!! Thank you so much for sharing with us!!!
xoxo-- Lmo

Claire said...

Ms. Sony,

Thanks for sharing this great inspirational story with us. Your unconditional love for a person is very moving. I wish there are more people like you. God Bless you.

lakota said...

I am honored to be able to post about this and an greatful for witrnessing everthing that happens here and it truely touched me....