Sunday, May 03, 2009

SIMPLE PLEASURE #3: IT'S NOT EASY BEING GREEN

The other night, when I couldn't sleep, I went to my bookshelf and started paging through my little inspirational books. One of them was It's Not Easy Being Green And Other Things to Consider, written by Jim Henson, the Muppets, and Friends.

Jim Henson was and is one of my idols and major sources of inspiration.

The book fell open to this entry:

When Jim left the planet so suddenly, all of us who loved him, worked with him, were inspired by him, gathered in New York City. We were like dandelion seeds clinging to the stem and to each other. An on May 16th, the wind began to blow.

There's no stem anymore. We're all floating on the breeze. And it's scary and exhilirating. And there's nothing we can do about it. But gradually, we'll all drift to the ground and plant ourselves. An no matter what we grow into, it'll be influenced by Him. We're Jim's seeds. And it's not only those of us who knew him. Everyone who was touched by his work is a Jim-seed.

He changed our lives. He changed the world. And we'll continue
his work, because that's how inspiration operates. People die, but
inspiration lives and grows. Inspired by his gentleness, we'll fill the
world with gentleness. Inspired by his vision, we'll fill the world with
visiion. Inspired by his chicken imitation, we'll fill the world with
laughter.
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-- Jocelyn Stevenson
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