Yo, Gorgeous George – Something we Said?

Hey, George

We certainly hope that our last blog entry didn’t jinx your relationship with Ms. Larson. Since our last entry in which we kinda warned against oggling over your gorgeosity, it’s now reported that you two have parted ways.

Sorry George.

Click George to learn more. 

We’ll be back soon with more Groove Masters of the Universe mojo inspiring words to live by….

 

Not so Curious George

Can life get any better than the one bestowed upon George Clooney?

Just look at him. Go ahead, take a good look.

Yep, it must be nice. REAL nice.

Dashing movie star good looks — like he was the love child of Clark Gable and Cary Grant.

Charming, witty, notorious prankster to the stars.

Intelligent. Can present compelling testimony before Congress on Darfur and other humanitarian causes.

BODACIOUS lady friend.

Lives in a picturesque Italian villa. For reals.

Oscar winner.

Not crazy like Tom Cruise.

What more could a fella want from life? Does George have it all or what?

Maybe. Who knows. It sure looks that way.

Certainly George has his days when he wakes up not feeling all out Clooney. Did you know that this guy has a back injury so severe he is constantly on pain pills and in physical therapy to keep him ambulatory and from becoming a total wreck? What about the nasty spill he and his girl had on a motorcycle about a year ago that left them both with fractured and broken bones? Let’s not even go there on the box-office bomb of his latest, “Leatherheads.” We’re sure there’s more to his life beyond the red carpet, but who really knows what it must be like to be Mr. Clooney other than Mr. Clooney?

We can’t all be George Clooney. As curiously charmed and charming as he might be, where’s the fun in a world full of George Clooneys?

We know you’re too sharp to fall under the pop cultural past time of comparing yourself to any celebrity du jour or a bonafide movie star, right? Yeah, it must be pretty great to be George. What’s a better life than that as George? Or your neighbor? Or the guy next to you in the Ferrari on the freeway? Or the check out stand cashier?

Comparing yourself to others isn’t always such a bad past time — checking in on the the accomplishments of others can inspire us to do better with our own daily 24 hours. Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, Tina Fey — all got or are getting tons of good stuff done in their lifetime. But, if constantly comparing your own daily lot to that of others keeps you from moving forward and enjoying pursuing your own life’s dreams on your own terms, you’re gonna want to nip that in the bud, and soon – time is a wastin’.

If you really need to compare yourself to others, take this line from Mr. Clooney in his self-directed role as a CIA recruiter for covert operations that allegedly trained Gong show host Chuck Barry as an international assassin, “Jesus performed miracles, was crucified and resurrected by the time he was 33. So, the way I see it, you better get crackin’ Jack.”

Amen to that, brother.

No Space for Lumbergh

There’s one lurking around every 5×5 cubicle.

You know…that certain someone:

Talk about a jerksome jubilee.

Who hasn’t had to work with that certain someone that you fantasize about throwing your under-your-desk wire mesh trash can over their head and pushing down the nearest fire exit stairwell?

But violence never really solves anything, brah.

Remember the scene in this cinematic gem where Peter eventually seeks hypnotherapy to start dealing with the Bill Lumberghs of the world?

Well, it worked!

If hypnosis worked for Peter, just think what it can do for you.

Suffer no more. Don’t go Milton on us. That is not an option.

Help is on d’way, brah.

Just take a cue from the calming, wizened-heimer Book of Peter.

Hey, Lumbergh — we got yer memo right here.

Smells Like Team Spirit

Every man is an island onto himself.

Phooey.

By the inch it’s a cinch. By the yard it’s hard.

There’s a lot of arena-filled, grandstand speechifying these days about unity, unifying, and bringing our nation together, and which man or woman is best qualified, best prepared to wrangle a fractured populace closer into a single file line in these crucial times of disappointment and dare say bitterness.

Not every one works well in a team. Some of the world’s greatest art and literature, and inventions come from the biggest loners ever to pick up a paint brush or pen or slide rule. Michaelangelo, Leonardo, Pollock, Ford, and Eli Whitney were said to need a lot of alone time. Lots. We also hear the same for that guy who invented the Chia Pet. Required lots of alone time.

But most of us are social animals — in one way or another, to varying degrees we need the energy of the pack to keep us moving forward. Deep inside, life amongst a pack give us assurance of evolution. For basic survival, our first pack instincts are obviously honed within our family. Here, our values about right and wrong are shaped, as well as our sense of our place in social hierarchies. For the remainder of our social lives, we fall into our pack of friends, cultural and ethnic identities, workmates, places of worship, cafes, fraternities and sororities, sports teams, civic associations, infantries, political parties, nations, corner bars, and now online social networks.

Whatever our pack, we are expected to conform to its majority values: that’s what makes a pack. Its declared values are what defines a pack’s purpose, its goals and objectives.

Our need to be a part of something bigger than ourselves is an ancient yearning. Scratching along with others to grab hold of that next inch of turf is an old, familiar yearning. Teamwork fulfills this yearning.

Balancing this primal urge to be a part of and fulfill the values of a group with your primal need to be an independent minded, free willed individual is the never-ending quest of civilized humankind. It’s the struggle mused by philosophers, scholars, politicians, coaches, and working single moms sorely in need of just one precious quiet waking hour a week to herself to be herself for self and sanity’s sake.

Knowing the difference between satisfying teamwork among the pack, and going along to get along is key to this balancing act between protecting your sovereignty and free will as an individual with the unyielding demands of a collective. Through true teamwork, everyone ultimately wins, even if the scoreboard says differently at the final buzzer.

Teamwork is about inclusion. Inclusion includes valuing diverse opinions, viewpoints, experiences and backgrounds as the sum total and merger of an reinforced, durable whole.

The aim of peer pressure is to force an exclusionary standard onto subjects not falling into line or accordance with the prescribed values of the pack for the sake of the pack. Free will can be life threatening to some packs.

On the other hand, without respect and value accorded to the supreme notion, pursuit, and realization of free will, some packs would never survive. Such is the highest ideal state of Union.

Stomp on that, mate.

Change of Mind, Part 2: Minding Your Resources

What do we like about Tony Robbins? Well, for one, we’re glad he finally got past his suspenders wearing phase. But mostly, we like Tony for always telling it like it truly is:

Your own personal power is your best resource.

How do you mind your resources?

After 23 minutes from Mr. Robbins, that pretty much says it all for today…unless of course you watch it again….and again…. and again.

Go ahead.

Please — feel free.

Change of Mind – Part 1: We feel you, Al

Yo, brother, can you spare 23 minutes? Sure you can.

Ever wonder what it might be like to set a Presidential candidate straight on his game?

Well, get a load of this meeting of the minds. By the way, some of the language used by this major brain trust may not be suitable for delicate or tiny ears, so be warned.

Wait for it…wait for it:

Booh-Yah! Did you catch that, Chief?

We really dig seeing Al Gore in the room. No matter how big your britches, great minds get greater by keeping company with other great minds.

From a man who was just a fraction of a few votes away from becoming the President of the United States to a Noble Prize winner on a larger than life mission to literally save the Planet Earth — man, talk about turning a personal and national tragedy into a global triumph.  Now, that’s mojo.

Bravo to Tony for having the mojo (read cajones) to say exactly what so many have wanted to say to Mr. Gore for years. Whew! Finally, somebody said it!

Which brings us to this point — just how prepared are you to ‘speak truth to power’?

Here’s a big brain teaser on this point of order: Speaking truth to power doesn’t necessarily start with getting up in the grill of someone else with titled power and influence. Speaking truth to power starts with being truthful with yourself. By keeping in touch with what truly motivates you, with what your emotions or instincts are telling you is right for you is what makes you truly powerful.

Real personal change comes from daring to speak your own truth. This is your power source to invent the life you really want — the internal nuclear power plant that generates change in your own life, the lives of others — and ultimately our collective future on the Planet Earth.

So, go ‘head — groove on that.

Change is good. Just ask Al.

No More Mr. Nice Guy

It’s so nice to be nice. – Cinderella and cast, Into the Woods

It’s also nice to be nice about not being so nice all of the time. But then there’s being nice to the point that it is not so nice. Follow?

Are you the strong and silent type? Is your motto ‘walk softly and carry a big stick’ ? Or are you really just simmering below the surface trying to keep from popping your cork?

Sometimes being nice is not so nice. Ever heard the saying ‘nice guys finish last’? Hate to admit it, but there’s some truth to this adage. Hey, we’re about being groovy. Being groovy doesn’t mean being a push over, though.

Don’t let your Mr. Nice Guy qualities turn you into a doormat.

Don’t fall down.

Walk tall. Walk proud.