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?