When Life Gives You Lemons…

Another interesting week in our lives, demonstrating to the world the beauty & tragedy of our free-spirited, enterprising, conflicted, zany US culture. The Spitzer-Dupre Scandal has caught the attention of the general public and media in a way that’s very familiar, reminiscent of Britney Spear’s child custody drama a few months ago. Another young woman attempting to navigate a complex world, making some questionable choices, then having to deal with the unforeseen consequences. Quite a few lemons we seem to have here, huh?
Well, we’re divinely human and so we all make mistakes…that is, sometimes take actions that have unintentional & undesirable results. The pivotal issue revolves less around our falling down, but rather around our recovery. Do we make lemonade? Every great breakdown provides the opportunity for a tremendous breakthrough, if choices more aligned with our true desires ensue.
Take for example Britney Spears’ Piece of Me video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuBrSmirI9c). I submit that it represents a keen genius of sorts in the lemon-lemonade realm, a clear demonstration of making hay out of what some would consider misfortune. Having paparazzi continuously tailing you has got to be one of the worse things imaginable, having no real private life what so ever, every action you take scrutinized to no end. No wonder Michael Jackson moved to the Middle East.

But check Britney, she made a successful racy video about her privacy-free and oh-so-lucrative existence. Hey, don’t hate the playa, hate the game! I first heard in January about Piece of Me on NPR, a most unlikely outlet to cover the pop culture icon’s travails, go figure! To be more NPR-credible & less tabloid-ish, the piece focused on a Brit ballet, Meltdown, that was inspired by Britney’s ongoing melodrama of a life (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=18582314). The icon’s also, in another NPR story (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=18255087), been described as her own multi-million dollar ‘industrial complex,’ a recession-proof economic engine. Wow!

For me, these situations bring up an important set of questions: what celebrity can any of us achieve in this life and how do we CHOOSE to use it? Like Oprah, Bono, Angelina & Brad, even Barack Obama or like Rush Limbaugh, Brittany Spears, & Flav-o-Flav? These folks are getting way more than 15 minutes of fame. The question is, whether 15 minutes or a lifetime, what message would any of us want previous, current & future generations to take away from our moment(s) in the Sun? What do WE want for ourselves, like if the NOW us could converse with the 10 years older FUTURE us? Or the 10 years ago PAST us? Our all of these SELVES dishing together at once? How’s that for a 360-degree perspective?
Perhaps we can all work on developing a consciousness that makes this consideration unconsciously nearly flawless, automatically informing the words & deeds of our most simple, noble & elegant desires, kind of like the grace & ease with which our healthy hearts pump and our vibrant lungs breathe. How charmed does that sound to you?

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