These days, it seems like the only news that make it to our screens are ones of fear, war, or tragedy. However, this morning, I was brought to tears (in a positive sense) as I watched a video of a young Korean man named Sung-Bong Choi – a contestant for the show Korea’s Got Talent. Watch the following video to see why.
“Regardless of his hard life, Sung-Bong Choi passionately runs towards what he really wants. Even talented ones rarely have that passion.”
There are many in today’s society who like to play the “victim,” but not Sung-Bong. Despite being dumped in an orphanage at the age of three, running away at the age of five (due to abuse), and living on the streets for ten years, Sung-Bong stood gloriously on a stage of watchful eyes and sung with the voice of an angel – touching the hearts of those present and, now, viewers across the globe.
Many great teachers have stated the importance of taking responsibility for your own actions, because this essentially brings power back to your Self. In spite of all the hardships Sung-Bong endured, he worked hard to follow his heart and, as a result, touched the hearts of many others, which I predict will grow to the millions (or maybe even billions).
He may have had to suffer many long years of loneliness, but perhaps that was part of his Path in order to make it to the stage of Korea’s Got Talent. As they say, “God works in mysterious ways” (which I discovered is a paraphrase of William Cowper‘s hymn God Moves in a Mysterious Way).
The Angel Within
“His voice tone magically attracts listener’s minds.”
These words sound like the description of an angel. The ability to move people to tears, through sheer awe, says a lot about the soul and character of an individual. Sung-Bong said, “When I sing, I feel like I become a different person.” This reminds me a lot of Michael Jackson. On stage, Michael would move crowds through mesmerizing song and dance but, off-stage, he was very shy and sensitive. However, it is clearly evident that, when these two enter their “zone,” they become more than themselves. I wholeheartedly believe that Sung-Bong has the power to touch people’s hearts on a similar level to Michael’s and, like MJ once said, you are not alone.
It is times like these that I thank God for the Internet, multimedia, and social media. If I didn’t live in Korea, have access to Internet, or have a Facebook account, I might never have seen this!
The Art of Happiness
In the video, one of the judges said, “I just want him to be happy, from now on.” I want Sung-Bong to be happy too and that is why I’m writing this article! I’m currently reading The Art of Happiness, by the Dalai Lama and, in it, he says:
“We tend to take small things too seriously, and blow them out of proportion, while at the same time we often remain indifferent to the really important things, those things which have profound effects on our lives and long-term consequences and implications.“
Let this help you to appreciate your life, because the above relates back to what I said earlier about people playing the “victim.” In Sung-Bong’s case, we have a person who was abandoned at an early age but remained humble throughout his later years.
You can tell by the way he carries himself, that he is a gentle soul, but the purity and sincerity of his voice is what delivers – what I believe – true power. That true power being the expression of the unique gift (some may call it the God within us) each and every one of us possesses and has access too. He may not feel complete happiness now but, he will soon, because we are all supporting him. Intentions heal.
Stories like these need to make their way to our lives more often. It is not every day that you hear something that stirs you to want to help another, but this certainly has. I believe Sung-Bong has already awakened something within us, and I see his Spirit and Soul as Enlightened. It is probably because he doesn’t think so himself, which makes him even more so. By following his heart, he has stayed true to him Self, and been blessed accordingly. Let him inspire others to follow his lead, no matter how hard the road, for that is the essence of Self-discipline!
Love and blessings to you my Brother!