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David Archuleta ~ Our Gratitude

Posted by sandybeaches9 on Thursday, January 30, 2014

Pilgrim lighting a candle at The Edicule. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem. Photograph by Tommy Huynh.

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.  Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”  Albert Schweitzer

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This is the magic that happens when writing about David.  I thought yes, Albert Schweitzer you have said it to me and then when looking for that candle, that spark, there was a picture that stood out above all the rest.  David gets chills when the music is awesome to him and my hands started to shake a little on the keyboard when I saw this amazing picture.

I have the deepest appreciation for all that David has given to me through his singing and by the person who he is now and always has been.  We say this expression throughout the years and each time I hear it I am reminded of how lucky in life I have been.

The winter has us locked into coldness and the sounds of the frozen trees echo in the stillness.  For me it has been the perfect time to dwell upon who inspires us.  We can think about what is important and what impresses our minds and souls.  There is never enough time to think such thoughts so it seems.

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As we continue to enjoy David’s music, we can think about the people who have been bringing the joy of his music to us.  Imagine for a moment if we did not have the pictures, the videos and the bits of news that have trailed back to us from faraway places.  David’s voice is so amazing and sensitive that in listening to his singing voice we actually hear him speaking.  It is such a personal experience when you listen to him sing in any language.  I know the words of “O come O Come Emmanuel” but even if I didn’t, I don’t need to know the words of “O Ven O Ven Emmanuel” in Spanish. I believe that I hear the meaning in his voice. Listening to him is an incredible gift never taken without appreciation. This song has been an inspiration to me that I have not had for a while.

It is time to look around us and see who we have kept company with, those we already know and those who we have just met.  A long time ago now, out of the blue we were talking one night on The Voice Unplugged about the song “Nobody Does It Better” and from that conversation came the first bracelet, “Nobody Sings It Better.” We distributed it as far and wide as we could, taking them to concerts and handing them out as different occasions arose.  It actually became an article to buy on an overseas site.

The second bracelet was quickly thought out to bring his fans together.  They were distributed worldwide as the requests came in.  This bracelet expressed to him and ourselves that he has become a part of our souls.  When David was away for only a while, a message was sent from him to his fans that we are a part of his heart. So that all said and done, we continued to live our lives to the fullest and came to our sites to connect and share the news.

I  recognize the dedication of the sites to keep the fans together when sometimes so far apart, making it possible to continue in our enjoyment of the refined, accomplished, classical singer that David Archuleta is.  Looking at the activities around this site includes the articles which were contributed by the staff and guest writers.  For me, I couldn’t write anymore no matter how hard I tried,  so I have to give so much credit to those who could, when there was hardly anything that I could consciously see to write about.  But in the end of any conversation we might have, it is David through his music, that is still my greatest inspiration.

“It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

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SandyBeaches is a staff writer for The Voice.

 

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David Archuleta ~ Chapter 10: The Gift of Gratitude

Posted by Angelica on Wednesday, November 23, 2011

By PaulaFOD/Staff Writer

“I sincerely appreciate all of the amazing things that have happened to me over the past few years.  I absolutely love singing and the opportunity it allows me to meet so many people and to share all those special feelings I’ve talked about earlier on, but I’m totally grateful every single day of my life for all the other less obvious blessings that have come my way.”  
-David Archuleta, Chords of Strength, Chapter 10

On this Thanksgiving 2011, may we know what it means to be thankful every single day.  Thanksgiving is born from a grateful heart.  A grateful heart is born from the gift of gratitude.  The gift of gratitude is, well… a gift.  And a gift is….

“… a gift is something that passes from one hand to the next, as a gesture of goodwill, as an act of compassion and love.  “Talent” implies some degree of unique skill, whereas “gift” takes the simple description one step further and makes that talent something meaningful to share with the rest of the world.  Talent mostly serves the person who has it – but a gift, by definition, is something special to give and receive.”
-David Archuleta, Chords of Strength, Chapter, 10

On this Thanksgiving 2011, I am grateful for God’s gift of gratitude, grateful that He gave this gift to David, who in turn passed it to all of us in his music, his attitude, his joy.  I am grateful for all of you reading this, for all of the precious Archies that began as strangers and have become friends.  I am grateful that we, in turn, have passed this gift on in charity.  I am grateful for Rising Star Outreach, Children’s Miracle Network, Stand Up to Cancer, Jonah and the Bone Marrow Registry, Make-a-Wish, Invisible Children, Childfund, and others who, out of their own gratitude, work to meet the needs of others.  Like love, the gift of gratitude grows when it is shared.  It trickles through our fingers, but is never fully given away because the very nature of a grateful heart is to see more for which to be grateful.

Gratitude is joyful, but it also fills hard times with hope…

“Everyone knows that the human condition comes with all kinds of situations-the good, the bad and the ugly.  Pain and hardship are almost impossible to avoid….Rather than feeling sorry for ourselves when the chips are down, we should take stock of the things that we actually feel happy and grateful for….Without the struggle, we can’t really appreciate the joy when it comes.”
-David Archuleta, Chords of Strength, Chapter 10

On this Thanksgiving 2011, I am grateful for the way we support David and each other… in hard times and happy times.

“If I had to break it all down to answer the question of how I stay true, it always goes back to the simple things: happiness, giving, loving, and sharing.  Those are the things that are important, and everyone has different ways of finding them.  You might think that sounds oversimplified, but I believe that when we simplify, we make life that much easier to handle.  I think the way my life has unfolded has only helped me to see those simple little things much more clearly.  The whole fame and recognition game makes the really important things stand out in a way that shows me how meaningful they truly are.  I have a deeper sense of appreciation for the small things in life that maybe I took for granted before all of this happened.  I’m able to enjoy life’s little treats with a new point of view, one that’s largely shaped by gratitude.”
-David Archuleta, Chords of Strength, Chapter 10

On this Thanksgiving 2011, I am grateful for life’s little treats…may we never overlook them or forget the simple things.  May we remember that every day in 2011 is a day of Thanksgiving…and that 2012 will bring a new year of Thanksgiving.

And David…thank you for Chapter 10.  And for Christmas tour.  And for your music.  : )

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