What could such a television production have on such a hard core son of the soil such as me! I will get to that soon.
However, for now, let us look at the essence of that show. people that are mainly young if not kids, amass themselves like polar penguins to survive through the harsh and sometimes disappointing conditions of selection to be the ultimate survivor, to be crowned American Idol. For the most they sung their hearts out and gave of their best plus some.
The journey is long for these kids and young people. Towards the end those that prevail along with coaching and advise from the stalwarts of the trade, is glorified for their persistence and survival. Of the final three last night one will prevail. It is a beautiful thing, as they all love each other and none has dug any ditch for the other to fall into as the other survival show.
But last night was so special to me. And it was not the songs nor the performances. What made it so special to me was a comment by STEVEN TYLER, that sixties throw back judge. Mr. Tyler was so poetic with an expression last night, that Randy Jackson had to comment on it too. The expression of Mr. Tyler, as he commented on one of the performance was "When you are facing the sun, the shadows fall behind you". The young performer had survived, and had reached the top of the heap where the sun could now shine in his face. The sun of hope and the sun of success. It must have been good for that performer to hear those words. those words that will take him to further heights comes what may.
I have gravitated towards those words and will continue to quote them, and to use them to help others see, especially in the business of survival, and to realize that to keep on prodding forward will gain the clearance of a new and better life. The man is so right as I can attest to. what if I hadn't gone through those painful biopsies, sought other advice and counsels, got proactive with my health? and dug deep to survive! I probably would have been good as dead or dying.
Jennifer Hudson, a survivor in her own right, sang Its a new dawn, a new day, a new life. Wasn't she from American Idol! And now Steven Tyler...I have to thank American Idol and those people as I can use those expression as burning arrows in my quiver as I continue to be a prostate cancer survivor. Indeed the sun is in my face, I have left the shadows of prostate cancer behind me. Please join me brothers, by going to your urologist and get checked. please contact me for any help I can give. I have been there, done that, and can hold your hand until you reach the podium to claim your survival prize. Please read my full story in my book Prostate Cancer And Me...Or You, The Two Stages, (Man To Man) at Amazon.com.
Still stay tuned for the piece THE REAL REASONS WE DIE.
Until then friends, walk good and pack light.