This is a post I’ve been meaning to write for some while, and the delay is down to everything going so well as a result of all the positive things going on right now. But perhaps two events of the past week or so make the time apposite, and puts the crown on the idea, so to speak.
Voiceover Universe is a voiceover forum I’ve referred to here a few times, and is itself an excellent representation of the vo community, thanks to the inspiration of its founder, Zurek. Social media tends to suggest that the greatest resource is the connections one generates, and while this has some truth it is perhaps the shared wealth of experience, and interaction of the participants which is more important.
On this note it is perhaps not surprising that a group which has dramatically grown over the past year or so is Penny Abshire’s “Positive Thinkers Unite”. This is a group which has a natural give and take, in which the members feel comfortable to share their joys, and sometimes their sorrows, knowing that others will generously give their support. Oftentimes something as simple a few supportive words has made the world of difference. So to Penny, and all the members, congratulations on being there, and passing 1000 members.
Whether or not you support the British Royal family, it is impossible to deny that the wedding of William and Kate (OK, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) brought many millions together in a shared, and positive, experience. Watching online with my students in Istanbul, Turkey, I was struck by the fact that it is rare that so many people around the world were doing the same as us at exactly the same time.
I was touched that these thoughts were echoed by the Bishop of London, in his address:
“Many are full of fear for the future of the prospects of our world but the message of the celebrations in this country and far beyond its shores is the right one – this is a joyful day! It is good that people in every continent are able to share in these celebrations because this is, as every wedding day should be, a day of hope.
It is of course very hard to wean ourselves away from self-centredness. And people can dream of doing such a thing but the hope should be fulfilled it is necessary a solemn decision that, whatever the difficulties, we are committed to the way of generous love.
We stand looking forward to a century which is full of promise and full of peril. Human beings are confronting the question of how to use wisely a power that has been given to us through the discoveries of the last century. We shall not be converted to the promise of the future by more knowledge, but rather by an increase of loving wisdom and reverence, for life, for the earth and for one another.”
This new couple face a daunting future if they try to move forward on their own, and so in the spirit of Positive Thinkers Unite, I’d endorse the Bishops final thoughts:
“I pray that all of us present and the many millions watching this ceremony and sharing in your joy today, will do everything in our power to support and uphold you in your new life. “
In life while we are individuals, it is through being part of something else that we can have purpose and support. Over the past few months there have been plenty of examples of this, and I’d like to share some here. Some of these videos will be familiar, but I am sure that they will be renewed inspiration. Warning: you may need a box of tissues close by.
Touching Them All: In this game even the losing team became winners.
I just loved the creativity in this Lady Gaga LipDub from the students of Emerson College. Too often we underplay the capabilities of young people, and these guys show what can be achieved… Even if you’re not a Lady Gaga fan, watch this anyway!
In my “day job” I teach English to students entering university, in Turkey. Too often they focus on their course books and quizzes and forget that learning a language is about broadening opportunities for communication in the future. My good friend Mehmet Onur kindly agreed to help me produce this brief message: Your World in English
And where would we be without Kevin Spacey on Being Successful…
Still not convinced that there’s “nothing you can’t achieve”? My theme is positively positive, and the motivational challenge in this next video is “to look at yourself after watching this”…
Usually here you might expect me to make a comment about William (my prince, not the one who just married Kate!), but instead I’ll share the official video of Scott Fortney’s daughter, Rosie, and her first professional voice over job, aged five.
It’s odd, but although I have so far only met Scott (Scooter) online, I’m proud of him and Rosie – great job guys!
But of course, my most positive inspiration is William. I’ll refer you back to his “audiobook” blog in which so many gave their vote of support… and here previously only on Facebook is a “live” reading… check it out on his Facebook page, and give William a positive “Like” while you’re there.
Stay positive: all the best, to you.
Penny Abshire – Interview with Andy Boyns
Mehmet Onur – Personal web site
Scott “Scooter” Fortney – Personal web site
The official Royal Wedding web site