POINT TO PONDER
So many of us chose our path out of fear disguised as practicality.
- Jim Carrey
The embedded video is of Jim Carrey's commencement speech at the 2014 MUM graduation. It was sent to me a few years ago by a reader and at first glance I wasn't expecting much more than a few laughs. It was Jim Carrey after all. The jokes I anticipated were there but after the laughter subsided, another side, and an ultimately more emotional and contemplative side of the comedian came to light. Jim Carrey began to speak about fear and love. About how the choices we make in life originate from those two sources.
To illustrate his point, Jim gave the example of his father, a man that spent his life making choices out of fear. Jim said that his father could have been a great comedian but didn't believe that it could ever happen for him. So instead he got a safe job as an accountant.
When Jim turned 12, however, his father was let go from that job and from then on the family struggled to survive. Jim maintains that he learned something very important from his father's experience. The lesson, according to Jim, was that, "you can fail at what you don't want, so you might as well take a chance at doing what you love."
REFLECTION: Almost every sentence in this speech has a deep message, some of them delivered with humor. More I listen to each one of his sentences, more I appreciate the depth and profoundness of the message.
It is worth 25 minutes of time as we start our journey into 2017 and beyond.