I watched a # of interesting programs on TV the last few days to shake my world and make me realize that now is the moment for leadership, positive vibes and courage.
ONE: I have seen numerous programs on the recent economic decline of recent days. Most recently a blurb on Charlie Rose with Warren Buffet referring to the current crisis as an Economic Pearl Harbor. If anyone should have proper insight into this matter, it is Buffet.
TWO: Upon the tragic death of one of my all-time favorite actors, Paul Newman, I went and re-watched Cool Hand Luke for the millionth time. What a great film. Newman plays Luke, a character that all young men might envy. He is a handsome, young rebel with no cause except to defy the forces of others trying to control and reign in his integrity and sense of self. He is a noble spirit who refuses to buckle. He does this all in the face of adversity and he shows great class and coolness touched off with a sensitivity and humanness that is not created in today's acting world.
THREE: I watched Rocky I for the 50th time and was once again reminded that spirit, guts, determination and heart are what makes a person inside. Money, power, image and other superficial attributes of people are not what gives us the inner strength to inspire ourselves and others to do great things.
FOUR: I watched a nice piece on Rick Pitino, a great college basketball coach who has recently written a book about conquering adversity and obstacles in one's life. The book is about the death of his infant son and how he coped with it. He encourages others to read the book so that they might learn how to cope with the current economic, world and personal crisises effecting people. His point is that to grow beyond adversity in one's life, one must devote themselves to helping others and making the world better. He has done this by committing himself to building a homeless shelter and helping young men achieve their dreams in Basketball and life.
FIVE: The debate between Palin and Biden. I cannot comment as I do not believe much was said to sway the election one way or the other.