The Day Brightener

Because everyone has the right to be truly free and happy

A Song of Courage

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”  Mary Anne Radmacher

So often we equate the word courage with being strong, confident and loud.  But it is so interesting to know that the root of the word courage is cor—the Latin word for heart.  And originally, the word courage was used to describe the ability to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart.

Today I would like to share with you a performance by a group of people who epitomise the meaning of courage due to the strength of heart and bravery they display.

The performance is by the group called The Transformers Choir.  The group is made up of people who have experienced all forms of social disadvantage, with some enduring  physical, mental and emotional trauma.  All of these people are now facing the challenges of rebuilding their lives and spirits.  One powerful and beautiful way they are doing this is through music.  The Transformers get together to play and sing, to bring life to the music, and to bring brightness to themselves and others.

When I saw the Transformers perform last year at the Happiness Conference I cried.  I cried because I was so happy and proud for each one of these people. It is not surprising that their performance received a standing ovation.  Because all of us knows how low life can get sometimes, and how dark and deep despair can be.  And yet, each one of these people have found the inner strength to pick themselves up, but more than that, to join with others, and even more than that, to sing in public!  This is true courage – singing the story of your life with your whole heart!

They have found the ultimate courage – to stand with pride and show their true hearts to the world. Each and every one is an inspiration. I hope the courage of The Transformers inspires your day too!

Firstly, here is an amazing video of the choir’s preparations and performance for the Dalai Lama – What More Do We Need?

And, here is the performance that brought tears, and a great big standing ovation – You Take Me Up.

For more on the Transformers Choir go to:


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