I went to a movie a while ago called Nine? The lead was Daniel Day Lewis. In this movie he was a famous movie director who was set to release a new film. He played people along… holding back on releasing the script…because he never had one. He was bereft of inspiration, ideas, and imagination. He was caught up in his world of womanising, deceit and lies…and it had caused him to become stuck in quicksand. Unable to move. Unable to think. Unable to create. He was so famous yet he was nothing. Lost in the woods without a compass. The carnage caused through his debauchery had immobilised him…rendering him impassioned and lifeless. He felt empty. Yet he was still great. He was a victim of his own life. Of his own brilliance. Of his own gifts.
One cannot condone his behaviour. And there are lessons to learn. In that if we are productive and honest in some ways but not in others, then we will not progress to the promiseland. You cannot stand still in some ways and move forward in others. As humans we will not be good at many things…yet we need not be. We need to just be very good at one thing and if we focus on this thing we will be fine. And the lesson is simple. Do not insult your gifts and dissipate your chances of greatness by opting for soft options in other areas of your life. He had a wife…who he loved. He lost her. Along with all the others. Some left him. Others he had to leave.
History is riddled with great people who left their mark on the world from the brilliant exercising of their gift. Yet like all of us …they are or were not perfect. And the masses and media pull them to pieces when they stumble. Musicians, actors, actresses…golfers? It is perhaps difficult to excuse people when so many look up to them. When they set the bar and therefore must accommodate certain responsibilities. But might I say this…when extreme achievement and greatness is pursued in one certain direction…then there will be carnage many times when other areas of a life are neglected or abused. Processes of discharge are at times intrinsic to achieving the objective. The wildest colts make the best horses folks. And there often isn’t any picture perfect way to smash your way to outrageous accomplishment. You’ve going to be heading out of your zone. And if the pressure isn’t visible in the chosen vocation. Then it might eventually shine through in other areas of the life. But you know…so what.
Before people point the finger at others, they should ask themselves… what have they done with their life? Living in their cossie inhibited little worlds. Should it be that people are ONLY allowed to achieve great things if they do it in a picture perfect error free PC manner. Get real! Accept yourself and others…warts and all. Mistakes are evidence of attempt. And admire people for their gifts…you want people to forgive you for your imperfections?…then accept them for theirs. Look at yourself first. If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything! Get off your chuff and have a go yourself before you run people down who try and don’t measure up in your eyes. The chatter of the masses…. You want to know how your life will be measured. 100 years after you’ve gone…what will they say about you? Will they remember you? Well believe this…they’ll remember Michael Jackson and Tiger Woods.