Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Playing it too safe

I was vegging in front of the television last night with a couple of magazines and couldn't be bothered to change the channel when Extra! came on. Hollywood fluff can be amusing, so on it stayed. Then, I heard this little gem. Jim Carrey was being interviewed, specifically about his relationship with gal-pal Jenny McCarthy.

Jim: We're never getting married.

Reporter [disappointed and shocked]: Never??

Jim: Never...BUT, the good news is, we're never getting divorced [looks smug]

Well, now there's a life philosophy for you: You can't lose if you don't risk. Hint to Jim--neither can you win. Let's imagine how this philosophy would work out if others jumped on the Jim Carrey 'Fraidy Wagon.

Tony Bennett: I'm never singing a live concert...but, the good news is, I'll never get booed.

The Gipper: I'm never running for President...but, the good news is, I'll never lose a Presidential election.

Stephen King: I'm never submitting my novel to a publisher...but, the good news is, I'll never get a rejection notice. (Okay, this one almost happened; thanks to Tabitha for saving Carrie from the garbage can, literally.)

Wilbur Wright: I'm never pushing this thing off a sand dune...but, the good news is, I'll never crash an airplane.

Christopher Columbus: I'm never setting sail...but, the good news is, I won't be ridiculed when I fall off the end of the flat world.

Greatness takes a willingness to dare, to risk, to step out and stand for something. Faint heart ne'er won fair maid, and all that. Yes, there's a risk that you'll lose it all--but it's only a risk; the actual good news is, you might grab the brass ring and take home the prize. Sigh, where have all the heroes gone?

3 comments:

Mommy C said...

Great post, Kristine.
I must confess, however, the BEST part of this post was looking Bonnie Taylor up to listen to "Holding Out for a Hero" (Footloose has a special place in my heart being an ex-SBC gal) and finding out she sang "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and "It's a Heartache." I feel like I just won the lottery!!! Thanks!

Robert Kachadourian said...

Kristine,

I read with interest your blog. It seems that this culture has made all of us desensitized to divorce, effects on family and the other rammifications this unforunate set of circumstances brings.

It seems in dark contrast to what other people have done to keep families together. My grandmother was literally sent along with millions of others on death marches during the Armenian Genocide. She saw her husband killed, scores of siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family members, etc. slaughtered. Yet she kept her 1 year old daughter(my now 93 year old mother) and her only remaining daughter & son together. This took her 5 years to find my aunt & uncle which is a story Hollywood couldn't even begin to fathom.

Enough said!! I'm not stating this to say to feel sorry for these people. In fact, all, I repeat all, of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of my grandmother achieved great heights in whateverever nation they landed. In fact, there are about 6 businessmen, 4 physicians, 2 rngineers, 2 professors, 1 president of a company, 1 journalist, 3 educator, 1 banker and the list is now waiting for the next generation.

What I'm merely saying is that the current culture trivializes marriage, family and relationships.

Again, I enjoyed your blog.

Regards,

Robert Kachadourian, Ph.D.

PS-I called you regarding your query about Elif Shafak's book. It would be a pleasure to help in any way I could!!

Robert Kachadourian said...

Kristine,

I read with interest your blog. It seems that this culture has made all of us desensitized to divorce, effects on family and the other rammifications this unforunate set of circumstances brings.

It seems in dark contrast to what other people have done to keep families together. My grandmother was literally sent along with millions of others on death marches during the Armenian Genocide. She saw her husband killed, scores of siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family members, etc. slaughtered. Yet she kept her 1 year old daughter(my now 93 year old mother) and her only remaining daughter & son together. This took her 5 years to find my aunt & uncle which is a story Hollywood couldn't even begin to fathom.

Enough said!! I'm not stating this to say to feel sorry for these people. In fact, all, I repeat all, of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of my grandmother achieved great heights in whateverever nation they landed. In fact, there are about 6 businessmen, 4 physicians, 2 rngineers, 2 professors, 1 president of a company, 1 journalist, 3 educator, 1 banker and the list is now waiting for the next generation.

What I'm merely saying is that the current culture trivializes marriage, family and relationships.

Again, I enjoyed your blog.

Regards,

Robert Kachadourian, Ph.D.

PS-I called you regarding your query about Elif Shafak's book. It would be a pleasure to help in any way I could!!