Everybody carries the weight of the things they’ve done in life. Most people will never show it, but inside they can so often be keeping things hidden that remain unseen by the outside world.
To most people, 28-year-old Marcio Donaldson is just a young man with a talent for singing. Marco entered American Idol last season and moved past the first round. Unfortunately, he didn’t go all the way.
This week he returned to the show – only, it was a completely different Marcio this time around. During the program, it was revealed that the young man has been involved in things over the past year that have changed his life forever.
Marcio Donaldson has gone through many challenges in life. He grew up in harsh conditions, in an area where crime is plentiful and even shootings aren’t an uncommon occurrence.
Together with his sister and mother, Marcio lived in an apartment infested by cockroaches. The mother did everything in her power to make sure Marcio and his sister had an ordinary upbringing, but every day was a struggle.
Sadly, it was inevitable that things had to change, and so Marcio and his sister eventually ended up in foster care.
As a way to deal with his rough upbringing, Marcio turned to music. He dreamed that one day his voice would take him far away from violence and crime.
The years passed. Marcio grew up and, finally, last year he decided to apply for American Idol. He made it to the ‘Hollywood round’ but then got sent home after the group performance. Shortly thereafter, he was told his sister had fallen pregnant.
After the baby was born, however, all was not well. With his sister battling drug problems, Marcio knew he had to step up to the plate when the authorities came to check on things.
“They came to me, they told me I only had 10 minutes to decide or he goes into the system,” said Donaldson.
Marco looked down at the baby. Then he made his choice.
“So I said, ‘No thank you, I’ll take him.’ I took that responsibility on because I didn’t want him growing up the same way I grew up. I want to do this for him.”
At just 28-years-old, Marcio had effectively become a single father. It was a moment that would change his life forever.
“I had no idea what I was doing, but actually he’s a real gift. And it was the right decision, I know. He’s changed my life.”
Last week, Marcio returned to American Idol for his second bite of the cherry. This time, he sang not only for himself, but also for the 6-month-old nephew that he now calls his son.
“I want to give him a better life,” Marcio said.
When Marcio began to sing, no one could hold back the tears. It was raw, it was open and it was honest.
Then, after six months of an emotional rollercoaster, Marcio got the news he could never have dreamed of. He was handed a golden ticket to the competition and burst into tears.
Marcio went home with more than just a ticket, though: He went home with hope for the future.
Marcio has gone through so much in his life. And yet, despite the fact he had so many things to worry about, he did not hesitate for a second when asked whether he could care for his sister’s son. Marcio is a young man who can give hope to all those who doubt modern society’s ability to be kind, compassionate and selflessly loving.
Source : Newsner.com
The last few months have really put my performance level to the test. From coping with unexpected snow, dealing with the purchase of a property in Jamaica, speaking engagements, attending several international conferences and business meetings, I have been going non-stop. Luckily, I have an amazing team with me every step of the way. This is what I know for sure; it is impossible to play a big game by yourself. You need a team.
My friend, if you want to expand your natural capacity for leadership, improve your performance and raise your ability to work with others.....think like ants.
To demonstrate the point further, please read the story below :
''Once there lived an ant and a grasshopper in a grassy meadow.
All day long the ant would work hard, collecting grains of wheat from the farmer’s field far away. She would hurry to the field every morning, as soon as it was light enough to see by, and toil back with a heavy grain of wheat balanced on her head. She would put the grain of wheat carefully away in her larder, and then hurry back to the field for another one. All day long she would work, without stop or rest, scurrying back and forth from the field, collecting the grains of wheat and storing them carefully in her larder.
The grasshopper would look at her and laugh. ‘Why do you work so hard, dear ant?’ he would say. ‘Come, rest awhile, listen to my song. Summer is here, the days are long and bright. Why waste the sunshine in labour and toil?’
The ant would ignore him, and head bent, would just hurry to the field a little faster. This would make the grasshopper laugh even louder. ‘What a silly little ant you are!’ he would call after her. ‘Come, come and dance with me! Forget about work! Enjoy the summer! Live a little!’ And the grasshopper would hop away across the meadow, singing and dancing merrily.
Summer faded into autumn, and autumn turned into winter. The sun was hardly seen, and the days were short and grey, the nights long and dark. It became freezing cold, and snow began to fall.
The grasshopper didn’t feel like singing any more. He was cold and hungry. He had nowhere to shelter from the snow, and nothing to eat. The meadow and the farmer’s field were covered in snow, and there was no food to be had. ‘Oh what shall I do? Where shall I go?’ wailed the grasshopper. Suddenly he remembered the ant. ‘Ah – I shall go to the ant and ask her for food and shelter!’ declared the grasshopper, perking up. So off he went to the ant’s house and knocked at her door. ‘Hello ant!’ he cried cheerfully. ‘Here I am, to sing for you, as I warm myself by your fire, while you get me some food from that larder of yours!’
The ant looked at the grasshopper and said, ‘All summer long I worked hard while you made fun of me, and sang and danced. You should have thought of winter then! Find somewhere else to sing, grasshopper! There is no warmth or food for you here!’ And the ant shut the door in the grasshopper’s face.''
It is wise to worry about tomorrow today.
Copyright © Rohini Chowdhury 2002. All rights reserved.
Most of us have dreams and aspirations and know what do to make them happen but we don't do what we know. These life lessons from ants are simple, but have immense wisdom and value. If we could just follow what the ants do in life consistently every day of their life, we would surely succeed. Let us take the wisdom of life from ants and create a successful life to be proud of!
Whatever you choose to do in your career and in your life, always give it your best, and that begins with action and execution. As you go through your day today, remember the lesson from ants. If you fail to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
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