My daughter recently discovered a new trio of tenors singing together as a group called "GENTRI". She came back from their concert singing their songs and insisting we listen. When Laurent heard them, he smiled and commented on their clear tone and supported voices. From one tenor to three others, that means a lot.
The first track on their new album shares a powerful message that I feel is appropriate to our thirty day thrive challenge- that of daring to dream. On the music video you see eight year old Alissa Sizemore, who lost part of her leg in an accident, dancing across the stage. Her spirit and story, combined with the incredible driving music and lyrics encourage us to keep fighting. No matter what your story is, there are always those who try to discourage and prevent you from reaching your goal. This song reminds us to fight back. "The harder they push, the stronger I fight for what is ahead." The doctors tried to tell Laurent after a year or two that he was as good as he would get. Gratefully, he didn't believe them and continued to fight. When he tried out for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in 2003 and did not pass the theory test, many would have told him to give up and accept the fact that with his brain injury, it just wasn't feasible. Again, I'm grateful that he fought harder instead. He went back to the university, taking one or two classes a semester, until seven years later he retook that test and this time passed! He dared to dream and now lives that dream every week. He loves singing with the choir and being able to encourage others to go after their dreams. One line in the song says, "I'll fight till I win, proud of the cost of my battle scars." Laurent's injuries are not visible to most people. While on TV with the choir, no one would know of his brain injury and how he has fought back from his coma. However, we know the battle scars he carries from his fight and admire his courage to keep going and keep dreaming. Each one of us has a personal battle and bears the scars from our struggles and combat, but we can be proud that they demonstrate we didn't just give up. We fought back and dared to dream!