An Excellent Movie

Monday, January 24, 2011

Have you seen “The King’s Speech”? It’s the story of King George VI, who became king when his older brother abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Simpson. George VI, who was known as Bertie before he became king, had a serious stuttering problem and had no interest in being king with all the public speaking it entailed. But he rose to the occasion in one of the most critical times in British history – just before and during World War II.

The story is really about friendship, his with a commoner, his speech therapist. At a deeper level, it is a story about how one person can truly speak life into another person. Sadly, the reverse is just as true. Bertie was hampered by cruel and discouraging comments from those around him, especially his father and brother. But when someone came along and spoke encouragement into his life, he came alive and realized his full potential, as England rallied around him as their symbolic leader at the hour of their greatest need. He gained his voice both literally and figuratively.

Speak words of life into those around you this week. And go see this movie !

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Walking past a TV screen, very few things will cause me to stop and adjust whatever my current plans had been – perhaps a favorite movie that I hadn’t seen in a long while, like “Remember the Titans”, “Hunt for Red October”, “Dr. Zhivago”. Or a sports event deep in the archives – 1 of the 3 Ali-Frazier title fights, the 1958 Baltimore Colts – New York Giants overtime championship game. Or a speech…

Specifically, one speech – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963. Given the content, his delivery, the size of the crowd, and the context (the turmoil in the country at the time), I think it was the greatest speech in my lifetime and one of a handful of the best speeches in American history. It’s only 17 minutes – you can just read it and choke up. Words matter, especially when delivered eloquently with conviction and backed by action.

We talk about impact at Gladney. That speech had impact that continues to reverberate almost 50 years later. We are proud to celebrate the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr.


Monday, January 3, 2011

I recently read a list of 300 scientific facts, mainly about humans and animals. Here are my 5 favorites:

“There are about 32 million bacteria on a square inch of your body, most of which are harmless.” ‘most of which…’ - is that supposed to make us feel better ?

“Pigs sunburn easily.” This is kind of sad since all they do is lie around in the sun.

“You’re more likely to have a heart attack on Monday than any other day.” Makes sense.

“Humans typically fall asleep within seven minutes.” I’m bringing up the average.

“You can’t lick your elbow.” I suggest you try this when no one can see you.