After forty-three years, Kari Callen overcame her lifelong inhibitions from being born with a cleft lip and palate to venture on stage for her America’s Got Talent audition on July 15, 2009 and belt out a song from the depths of her soul.
Like Susan Boyle, Kari’s looks appeared to be an impediment to stardom. Like Susan, Kari volunteered that she had never been in a romantic relationship. Kari, however, is very bright and self-aware and apparently is now comfortable enough in her own skin to cast aside her fears and go for broke.
And, wow, what a voice! She received a standing ovation from the audience as well as from the three judges. More importantly than her technical skill, however, was the lifetime of emotion she poured into her song. She sang with such authenticity and vulnerability that I was on the verge of tears. What joy to see someone triumph after a lifetime of self-denial! May Kari go on to enjoy a satisfying and rewarding career doing what she loves best and inspiring others like her to stand tall and proud and share their God-given talents with the world.
How appropriate it is to close with a quote by 19th-century English novelist Mary Anne Evans, who wrote under the nom de plume George Eliot. Henry James said of Eliot, “She is magnificently ugly—deliciously hideous . . . in this vast ugliness resides a most powerful beauty which, in a very few minutes steals forth and charms the mind, so that you end as I ended, in falling in love with her.”
It’s never too late to be what you might have been.
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ABOUT PHIL BOLSTA
Phil is the author of Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World, a comprehensive guide to living a spiritual life. Who will benefit from reading it?
Anyone who is on a spiritual path, or wants to start one
Anyone who loves life, or wants to learn how to
Anyone who is happy, or wants to be happier
Here is a two-minute video introduction to Through God’s Eyes.
• an overview of the book
• the complete table of contents
• the Foreword by Caroline Myss
• my Introduction
• chapter excerpts
• a sample end-of-chapter story
• endorsements from authors and thought leaders
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Phil is also the author of Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, a collection of 45 inspiring, life-changing stories from prominent people he interviewed, including Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra, geneticist Dr. Francis Collins, acclaimed sportswriter Frank Deford, Dr. Larry Dossey, Wayne Dyer, Dan Millman, Caroline Myss, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, Dr. Bernie Siegel, James Van Praagh, singer Billy Vera, Doreen Virtue, Neale Donald Walsch, and bassist Victor Wooten.
Reading this book is like spending a few minutes face to face with each of the contributors and listening to their personal stories. Click here to read unsolicited testimonials from readers. Learn more by visiting the official Sixty Seconds website.
Sixty Seconds was one of three finalists in the General Interest/How-To category at the 12th annual Visionary Awards presented by COVR (Coalition of Visionary Resources) in Denver on June 27, 2009.