Had a meeting in Manhattan and stayed to see “Memphis”. It was a rocking good show, worth the time and the money.
The Tony award musical is set in the blandest of times, the 1950’s. Actually, I stand corrected. It was not bland at all. It was, however, a time when conflicts and dissentions were swept under the carpet. The bubbling that was about to become the sixties was starting a slow boil all over the world yet had not picked up real steam.
There were many fascinating parts that brought this play together about a white disc jockey, kind of a Forrest Gump character and a talented black female singer. This was on one level, a traditional boy meets girl, boy gets girl, boy loses girl, they both grow from the experience and the assumption at the end is that boy gets girl back again.
Mikayla was a tiny, darting arrow of a kid. She was bright, curious and always asked a ton of “yes, but why” questions. Today, she is a tiny, darting arrow of a woman. Still bright and curious and always pushing the edges of what is possible, what we are to believe, to accept as the way to live.
Recently on PBS there has been a series about “Pioneers on Television”. Watching the program themed around science fiction I was astonished how Star Trek had helped form my daughter’s world view. Here is the scenario:
Mikayla, eight years old and in second grade did not watch lots of TV. One evening when dinner was late I did what many of us do, told the girls to go watch television till I called them to eat. I wanted peace and quiet. As the older sister she took charge and found a Star Trek rerun on the television. And she was hooked!
And I mean hooked, to the point that when she begged and begged that the show was “important to her” we changed dinnertime to 6:30 when the show was over. She was a young, dedicated Trekker. Occasionally a school friend would call asking to talk with her and then say “Oh, I’ll call back it’s Star Trek time.”
I never really analyzed the impact of that show on her. It was subtle and long lasting as I now have come to understand it. It was all about multiculturalism, the absurdity of stereotyping, breaking barriers. That is my daughter today, constantly pushing boundaries and looking for a better way, a better world.
Fast forward to television today; as I flip channels to find something worth the time I pass guns being shot, fists hitting flesh, and nasty talk.
What happened to stories that are affirming and enlightening and create visions of a better world? How are the second graders of this decade going to learn to dream a bigger dream as Dr. Martin Luther King has so eloquently suggested? The media matters!!!!!
I have asked people to name those they think are important leaders. Some come from history, others from the world of business, occasionally one from politics. The pones that have the strongest emotions attached are those that come from family or community. Many talk about a parent, or an uncle, others mention a neighbor or a teacher. The following was sent to me about Charles Shultz, originator of Peanuts and it underlines what we all know, those who make the biggest difference touch us with their hearts. Enjoy.
The Charlie Schulz Philosophy
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The following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the creator of the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip.
Why is there so much razzle-dazzle blah, blah, blah about Mel Gibson? He is only one of a long line of individuals (female as well as male) who make nasty comments on the phone with lots of four to seven letter words that are bleeped out on the television.
This past week has been fascinating in terms of learning how the media works. It is not so much having something written about me, that has been done and it is always fun to see a book review about “Don’t Bring It to Work” or an article like the one in The Wall Street Journal a month ago.
That is so different from what has happened this week. I was asked to do an interview with radaronline.com. It is not the usual place you will find me. However, there I was talking with a reporter about one of the participants in our Total Leadership Connections program.
Why do we do the same things over and over and expect different results? Einstein called this the definition of insanity!
I was deeply saddened to see that Lindsey Lohan is going the route that leads to a dead end path. Better if she could be helped to get to the root of what is driving her. It will not happen in jail or in traditional rehab. Her father Michael went that route and, as he said on Larry King Live, it didn’t get to the root of his personal issues.
The torment for the parents of the young suicide victim, the children who are accused of causing the horrific situation, the parents of all these children, the school officials, in fact, all children, parents and teachers in the school are in this together.