The Beauty of Anguish
Here is an eight-minute clip of a Britain’s Got Talent contestant.
It is pretty typical. The singer was suffering acute stage fright. The technician was a few seconds slow in starting the music. Jamie Pugh, the contestant, was not helped at all by the silent time.
Scroll to 2:15 into the video. A lady in green, in the back row of the nose bleed section, is agonizing over the delay and all the possible ramifications to Jamie.
Then scroll to 2:38 and watch her untrammeled expression of triumph over Jamie’s hitting the first phrase with precision and elegance.
I don’t know whether she was feeling his emotions more deeply than he was or whether she simply had the freedom to express, while he had to hold it together in the public eye.
I just know she is beautiful.
Not in makeup and coiffure.
She cares about his journey.
Her soul is so engaged with his journey that her body has to shout it out – on both extremes of the emotional scale.
Who is she to Jamie?
I have no idea.
But she is a treasure to one particular dreamer who is facing his personal moment of truth.
So three raw questions for you.
-Has anyone ever cared that deeply about your dream and your journey?
-Did you tell them they are the most beautiful person in the world to you?
-And have you ever cared that deeply about someone else’s dream and their journey toward that dream?
Feeling someone else’s anguish is expensive.
And it can be extravagantly beautiful.
Check her out at 3:05.
beautyBy : Cyndi Shanklin On September 15th 2019
and true wonder is while others are focused on the singer, YOU saw her...
Compassion and HonorBy : Janelle On April 21st 2019
Astounding moment, Arthur. Thx for finding it to summarize the message. I believe God given Anguish in one persoconnects Deeply with with The terror of powerlessness in another. This creates a pathway for angels do you bring God‘s power and Lobe to the recipient.
Actually, I believe you taught on this once in a message on honor. (“Honor creates a pathway for angels to tread between two people or two groups, delivering God’s blessings. On the other hand, dishonor creates a pathway for demons to tread. “
Did I get it right, Arthur? :)
Compassion Is a very high expression of honor.
Love -- correctionBy : Janis Leal On December 5th 2018
Oops.... how strange... because they identify the one in green at about 1:08 into the video. When I watched it last night, I thought I clearly heard "daughter," but when I just checked it now, they say "partner." So, she's his partner.
That's kind of weird to me, because not only did I hear "daughter" clearly last night, but I thought I heard it twice.
Anyway, very sorry for the misinformation. I stand corrected (AND perplexed...).
LoveBy : Janis Leal On December 4th 2018
That beautiful one in green is Jamie's daughter. I feel the "weight" of this beauty is the pure love she cast for her father, and I feel it actually empowered him. The "power" of love.... one of the most beautiful to me, but so often misunderstood and wrongly interpreted. It's here in raw form by the beautiful daughter in green. Deeply resonating. Thank you.
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BeautifulBy : Cynthia Harris On December 4th 2018
Typically they would only focus on one person in the audience like that if it was his wife. For me, that makes it even more beautiful, that she would be so wholeheartedly invested in the dreams of her husband.
ThanksBy : Francois Marais On December 4th 2018
Thanks for sharing this Arthur. Resonates deeply.
PSBy : Cynthia Harris On December 4th 2018
I will also say, Arthur, that I have watched you weep openly at several seminars as you engaged with a participant in their anguish, and that it is, indeed a beautiful thing.
moments of completeBy : Tricia On December 4th 2018
This moved me to the depths of my heart this morning. Your words, the woman in the video, Jamie, and the words of the song. I had to go look up the lyrics. Thank you for sharing this...
I don't know if any of you noticed the last words he spoke at the end of the video if you watch it all the way through...
Jamie says "I feel complete.. just for this brief moment."
This reached deep... I love those brief moments that God gives us... What are those moments for you? Many of mine are more personal than Jamie's..
I truly enjoyed being able to share a little in his this morning... his beautiful moment splashed onto me.
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Oh my blubbering heart!By : Samantha On December 4th 2018
Thanks for making me cry!
Some of the sweetest moments in my life have been when I had the opportunity to express my deep gratitude to those exquisitely beautiful people in my life.
And yes, being that for others is expensive but oh so worth it!
Wow!By : Adela On December 4th 2018
Beautiful indeed! And there's so much life and depth in answering those questions!
My mother.By : Bryan On December 4th 2018
I don't really know why some care about others journey's. But I understand that a great cloud of witnesses is watching me. I know that some of them care in that same fasion. I wish I could hear their cheers some days when I'm on the ropes.