Friday, July 25, 2014

My Summer With Jim Henson

This summer I'm trying to get through 5-6 books (typical me), but Jim Henson's latest biography was too tempting to wait at the bottom of my pile.  It slipped through - and I could barely put it down.  Except it was so engaging and absorbing that I purposefully started slowing down the closer I got to the end.  I've been savoring my time with him - not quite ready to say goodbye.   

I don't know why, but this time around a couple special things happened - which I wont go into here.  It was a very insightful experience.  And in the end - while I was uplifted - I felt his loss all over again.  Like a bittersweet reminder that a part of my foundation is no longer here.   

A few favorite passages -

"Simply, Jim Henson's greatest legacy will always be Jim himself: the way he was, and the way he encouraged and inspired others to be - the simple grace and soft spoken dignity he brought to the world (and expected, sometimes fruitlessly, of others), as well as his faith in a greater good that he believed he and his fellow inhabitants of the globe were capable of.  "Jim inspired people to be better than they thought they could be," said Bernie Brillstein warmly, "and more creative, more daring, more outrageous and ultimately more successful.  And he did it all without raising his voice." 

"I believe that we form our own lives, that we create our own reality, and that everything works out for the best."

“I really do believe that all of you are at the beginning of a wonderful journey.  As you start traveling down that road of life, remember this: There are never enough comfort stops. The places you're going to are never on the map. And once you get that map out, you won't be able to re-fold it no matter how smart you are.

So forget the map, roll down the windows, and whenever you can, pull over and have picnic with a pig. And if you can help it never fly as cargo.”

"I spend a few minutes in meditation and prayer each morning. I find that this really helps me to start the day with a good frame of reference. As part of my prayers, I thank whoever is helping me - I'm sure that somebody or something is - I express gratitude for all my blessings and try to forgive the people that I'm feeling negative toward. I try hard not to judge anyone, and I try to bless everyone who is part of my life, particularly anyone with whom I am having any problems."

Save a spot for me, Jim. 

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