Ave Maria

I have been listening to some classical pieces since yesterday. I had not listened to them for a while and I had totally forgotten how much peace I get from listening to them.

Shubert's Ave Maria always evokes a feeling in me that's so deep that all I can do when I listen to it is cry.

There are so many other versions of Ave Maria like Bach's version but I love Schubert's piece more.

IT'S A PERFECT PIECE TO WAKE UP TO IN THE MORNING. IT ALWAYS CALMS THE NERVES AND SPREADS PEACE IN THE ATMOSPHERE.

For me it always brings to light the remarkable beginning of our salvation through the Virgin Mary's humble acceptance of the will of God when angel Gabriel came to her with God's message.

How many of us are willing to totally abandon ourselves, our plans and dreams at God's feet and humbly submit to His will. Even when we know that what He wants may not always be what we want for ourselves.

The day I found Charlotte Church's rendition of this beautiful piece, I was mesmerized. I got to know Charlotte through my mum (who's also a soprano singer with a heavenly voice. And at 73yrs still sings beautifully).

She came home one day from Glasgow with dozens of Classical CDs (that's how I accumulated so many of them) and she was so in love with Charlotte who was still a very small girl then. Now she's all grown and I think her voice is still magical.

There are so many beautiful people with beautiful talents/gifts. Many people tell me I'm blessed because I'm very good at doing things with my hands/fingers. But I always feel I am no different from everyone else. That does not in anyway mean I don't appreciate my talent neither does it mean I am not grateful to God.

I strongly believe we all have something we are good at...something hidden away somewhere deep within us. All it needs is determination and self confidence on our side to build it up.

I hope you would reach deep inside you to discover your gifts and if you have, I encourage you to press on.

NEVER GIVE UP.....one day you would get to that point where the world would discover your worth and appreciate your talent.

All the best

Nkoli

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