The singer steps out. Sometimes with confidence. Sometimes with fear and trembling. The song begins. And if the singer is very, very lucky, someone turns their chair to see them face to face.
When that happens, nearly every time, the singer beams a huge smile and the confidence in their voice is tangible. They finish their song stronger than when they began. It is the palpable power of having someone believe in you.
The show is The Voice. Have you seen it? I have wanted to write about it since one of the first times that I saw it. I’m glad I waited. It gave me more chances to observe the phenomenon, to see if the theory held true and to watch time after time, what affirmation from someone they admire can do. In essence, by turning their chairs around, they are saying to the singer, I believe in you, I want you on my team, and I will do whatever I can to help you grow and succeed in your gift.
I know The Voice showcases a select group of very talented individuals, but I must say, it has me thinking of the power we each have when we affirm another human being. It can happen daily, as we are aware of the people that cross our paths. What are their gifts and abilities and do we ever tell them how well they are doing as they make their way through life? We may think of it if we parent, or if we supervise co-workers. After all, that is part of our “job.” But do we take the time and the risk to turn face to face toward someone to tell them we believe in them, that we want them on our team and that we will do whatever we can to help them through life? On the show, the emotions are even more complex when more than one judge turns their chair, each wanting that one person on their team. It is a high compliment, to be sure, and often a difficult, yet delightful decision for the performer.
It is why strong families, faithful groups of friends and close-knit communities can accomplish the same thing. They are not there to judge. They are there to come alongside with a vote of confidence and a voice assuring the other that “you can do it.” We may not be The Voice but we do have A Voice. Our encouragement can make all the difference.
Turning My Chair For You,