12 Jul 2010

 

Last week the buzz about Jon Gosselin participating in our Total Leadership Connections program was over the top. The fact that I am presently outlining a yet to be names book with him drew lots of attention.

 

Jon and I talked about what the pull is to check out his every move. I became intrigues with the types of media comments from folks who picked up the initial article and put their own spin to it.

 

Someone called me to ask if I had seen what Perez Hilton had said. First, I thought he was talking about Paris Hilton and I became really, really curious. Then I checked and it is Perez (born Mario) who, as I quickly learned, gets his leverage from negative commentary.

 

I guess I have been fortunate. Of course, not everyone likes me or my philosophy. However, I am rarely “dissed” in a rude manner for teaching that we are all connected and no one wins unless we all do. No, that concept is not about standing around singing songs (although that is great fun) and hugging trees (although actually hugging a tree is really good for you!). It is about the fact that what we think, say, and do really has repercussions and implications for the present and future.

 

What, I wondered, would be in the way for Perez Hilton to acknowledge that someone, in this case Jon Gosselin, is searching for deeper meaning in his life? Is the media, is our society, so primed for arguments that what sells are feuds, think Donald Trump and Rosie O’Donnell. Are we only interested in the pain of a poor, misguided man like Mel Gibson, or the tragic acting out of a young woman lost in confusion like Lindsay Lohan?

 

Is it better to make headlines or make a difference?

 

My daughter Mikayla Lev  has a friend named King Wawa.  He is from Haiti. He is a musician. He is now spending his time and the little money he has learning about building inexpensive dome shaped structures for Haitians still living in dreadful conditions from the earthquake.

 

Is it better to make headlines or make a difference?

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