Seeing the news and videos coming in from Mr. David Archuleta’s India trip, I was immediately reminded of the words from a person of great faith, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and of her works in India and with lepers. She said:
“Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace…. the rest will be given.”
No matter our own personal beliefs we cannot but be deeply moved by a young person, 20 years of age, giving love, kindness, understanding, peace and bringing support to those who are shunned, unwanted by the world at large.
It’s hard not to write about David in over the top hyperbole; the conundrum, however, is that writing in that manner is somewhat freakish. He is after all mortal and subject to the same imperfections as we. He is about as “what you see is what you get” as one can be and has listed out his own personal challenges time and again. Imperfections certainly exist but are overshadowed, from my perspective, by his beneficence. For one’s writings to be taken seriously however, the premise is to look at all sides and address them. Otherwise the validity can be diminished in the eyes of objective readers.
It’s hard to strike that balance finding the words that convey the reality, what is there and what isn’t, with sincerity and authenticity. I find when addressing “what isn’t” I’m trying to enforce my image of “what should be” and also with the tone that I’ve lived longer, and, therefore, am wiser and smarter. And the fun here in being a fan at this “freakish” level, is watching David share HIS journey.
For he is a young person engaged in charitable works, who is in essence an episodic life guide, conducting, for a short time, his fans to more abstract places. In this case to a heightened awareness of humanity, to increased knowledge and greater wisdom of ourselves and those around us.
We have all encountered people in our lives who teach us by word or deed, who show us greater knowledge and wisdom. They can pop up anywhere, anytime, from any faith or background and teach us or guide us for a time along a particular path. They can also introduce us to others who help us out based upon our needs. These episodic life guides, can indeed, resonate powerfully with us.
Once I was in a Discovery Channel store and out of the blue, an older man, deeply tanned, white hair, in khaki’s and a tee came over and pulled out a book from the stack I was browsing, put it in my hands and said in a rich southern drawl, “You need to take this home.” Ahhhh…ummmm…gulp….at first I had to replay in my mind what he said. Then after I closed my gaping lips, I asked what the book was about. He explained it was about quantum physics but written for young people.
I opened the book and started to flip through it and became absorbed. When I looked up, he was gone. I wondered if he was a store employee, but when I asked at the checkout counter, they did not have a male employee on any shift. This all too brief encounter left me with a enhanced sense of awareness of life’s mysteries, of random acts of kindness, and, later, a sense of ‘ah-ha’ for my young son. You see he had been searching for a direction in his studies and that book started him down the path that has ultimately turned out to be one of his great passions….and that all started with a chance encounter with a stranger who turned out to be for just one instant, a significant guidepost for my son.
We all have told our stories, at least those of us who comment here in cyber fan land, of how David first popped up in our life, how we were first affected by his music, his personage and his good works, and on and on…and again and again. David’s first AI “Imagine” performance captures all of this for me.…a brotherhood of man… a la David Archuleta style.
With his latest journey to India and subsequent blog, it has become apparent that he can be seen as an episodic guide, a teacher, into the realms of knowledge, wisdom and spirituality for those who choose to listen at a deep level. And when someone impacts you so deeply with life’s simplest messages as if they were fresh and new, messages like:
- Be joyful
- Be grateful
- Work with diligence
- Be kind to people
- Love one another
….then we cannot but agree that the reasons are deep, quite personal and the gratitude profound to have chanced upon such.
And David’s good works, how he goes about his life, his giving of himself, his love, his kindness, his smiles, his joy, reminds me of something else Mother Teresa, from a life devoted to giving and loving those in need, shared:
“I’m a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.”
So too is David in both his good works and his career, a writing utensil in the hand of a Higher Power, sending messages that resonate deeply in our hearts.
No matter our faith, we can easily connect to the Divine, the Universe, through David’s music, his philanthropic works, his love of humanity, his joy, his giving.
We fans have the good fortune to hear and see David’s very own love letter to the world as it is being composed.