Belle Miriam Silverman was a little more than interesting throughout her life. As a child she spoke Yiddish, Russian, Romanian, as well as French and English. I suppose the reason this fascinates me is that I have struggled with the King’s English and its regional variations for most of my 74 years. For several years Belle paraded before life as “Bubbles” Silverman, due to her truly bubbly personality. In time “Bubbles” morphed into her adult life role as Beverley Sills.
My earliest memories are associated with looking up to men and women of achievement and Mrs. Sills certainly filled that bill. Though obviously cut from “Genius Cloth,” she seemed to always get better with time. I remarked one time that my enchantment with people of accomplishment is linked to my lack of talent. I received a box full of mail stating, for the most part, “Dr. Lilly, you do not have to tell us you have no talent. We read your weekly work.”
Many people seem to have a sixth sense about talent.
Today’s quote may set you to musing for quite a while:
“I've always tried to go a step past wherever people expected me to end up." Beverly Sills
Concerning your personal development, your growth in Christ, your continued improvement in your profession, what do you settle for? Did you notice the phrase; “a step past wherever people expected me to end up.” Learn to apply that principle and your life will very soon take on a new dimension.
Longfellow encapsulated this truth with his timeless line: “The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
The words of Jesus ring in my heart, "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." John 16:33.
Longfellow knew anxious times in the Civil War; “Bubbles” Sills suffered the agony of her son, assigned to an institution due to being severely afflicted with Autism. Knowing this makes this line from her pen all the more poignant;
“Christians should never fail to sense the operation of an angelic glory. It forever eclipses the world of demonic powers, as the sun does a candle's light.”
Copyright © 2015 Larry Lilly
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