Posts Tagged ‘YouTube’

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This is the truth

21 August 2010

This clip was an advertising campaign used by Lopez Murphy, running for president in Argentina.

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Pope crashed tackle at Christmas Eve service

26 December 2009
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Amazing talent is possessed by everyone

29 November 2009
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Peace, a shared call to action

10 October 2009

U.S. President Obama responds to receiving the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.

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The appeal of sacrifice

10 October 2009

Last night, the Australian version of The Secret Millionaire premiered on Channel 9. It got me wandering about what makes such a show appealing to viewers and even worthy of production. The show falls into the same line of new programming as Find My Family, Triple Zero Heroes, along with other real life reality programmes Medical Miracles and longtime successful television series RPA. The warm-hearted, inspirational, feel good narratives that are formed around real life stories remind us that there is some goodness in our society – something that is often shrouded by the conflict, drama and politics that we are hit with everyday. I think the answer lies in sacrifice. But not from the view of the person giving of themselves, but we have a sympathetic attraction to those that are receiving the gift. I think we take this on, because in our own eyes, we try to judge the recipient as being “worthy” of generosity.

Last year, the film Seven Pounds, followed this very angle. The film took a character (Will Smith), broken by the trauma of losing his family, through the anguish discovering who was worthy of being donor recipients, of his own organs. The film isn’t one that was easy to swallow, and this was reflected in the mixed reviews. Do we side with Smith’s character as he battles his own demons to make amends for a tragedy? Or really are we attracted to those that he deems to posses the right character – because we too feel connected to them?

I would say that we yearn to give of ourselves for other people. Sometimes we just need to be reminded that when we do there are people that greatfully and humbly accept us – we like that and generosity received well, makes us feel good. Immense sacrifices, like the one in the film, and even ones highlighted (even glorified) in television productions, is not meant to take the shine off our own sacrifices we make. Perhaps it is in the phrase, “Live simply, so others may simply live” that we realise how precious any sacrifice is.

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Be the miracle

9 October 2009

Parting a soup is not a miracle Bruce, it’s a magic trick
A single mum, working two jobs, and still finds time to take her kids to soccer practice – that’s a miracle.
A teenager that says no to drugs, and yes to an education – that’s a miracle.
People want me to do everything for them, but what they don’t realise is they have the power.
You want to see a miracle son? Be the miracle.

God
Bruce Almighty

While this comes from a Hollywood comedy, the message is not lost:

Miracles exist everyday. “Be the Miracle”

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A life of pleasant surprises

23 September 2009

Susan Boyle’s appearence on Britains Got Talent was one of the biggest surprise acts seen on the show. So amazing it also rated as a popular YouTube clip. Since her “fifteen minutes of fame” critics have been saying her musical talent is good, but ‘not great’. Never the less, what she was able to do on stage stunned the audience. But really, the question should be why. As the program’s name suggest, aren’t contestants meant to possess “talent”?

The reason that she “exceeded expectation” lies in the prejudging faces of not only the judges and the studio audience, but of ourselves too. Our expectation of her ability was much lower than she possessed. As Susan stood in front of the questioning judges, stumbling through her answers, a pan of the audience showed enough rolling eyes to suggest that her performace was not only going to be an embarrassment but also a disaster. The same pan across the studio 2 minutes later, once she had found rhythm and note showed the feeling and thoughts of everyone watching. To their credit, very honest judges compared their feelings pre and post performance. Admitting they found it hard to believe a voice was contained in her appearance.

Expectation is a funny thing in life. A steady ship and control is often what we look for and indeed minimizing unexpected surprises is a sense of comfort. But Susan Boyle, as suggested by the shocked smiles reminds us that life should be filled with unexpected joys. Are we more surprised by Boyle’s ability or that we had been caught off guard?

Those who live life solely on expectations live a life trapped within the mind. Those that release joys and anguish that comes with life’s many twists and turns experience a life through the heart.

Live a life of pleasant surprises.