The Greatest Showman February 2018
The Greatest Showman – what an incredible movie! An inspiring adventure, filled with beautiful lyrics and amazing music compositions. A romance, full of life lessons, dreams that come alive, and come true, and a story about reaching for the stars and following the impossible! It touches the places in the heart that never age, and who wouldn’t give a standing ovation to that?
In these times we live in we need stories like that, where dreams come true! We are also lucky to have advanced our knowledge further than the story it was inspired by.
The Greatest Showman was written by Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon and was a screen play inspired by the story of the real Phineas Taylor Barnum, who sadly exploited animals through his Barnum and Bailey Circuses, and people, known as ‘freaks’, in the PT Barnum’s Grand Travelling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan & Hippodrome.
I was sadden to see the animals in the movie (whether real or digitally enhanced), these images broke my heart! Because I know the process of putting animals on show, and making them do things that are not natural to their lives. I know and understand the abuse and torture they endure, the pain they live with, and the mental side effects that have long detrimental effects that are associated with this abuse!
Could the movie have left the animals out? I think so, especially knowing the outcry it could create. And, when a story is ‘inspired by’ it is a story that is changed to fit a certain outcome, a creative journey! This one beautifully ends with romance, new beginnings, dreams coming true, and reaching for the stars!
But it is darkened with the cloud of animal abuse that could have been left out!
Don’t get me wrong, I love the movie and the songs, and it even makes me want to sing again. The actors did an incredible job –
Hugh Jackman, Zac Effron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya, plus the rest of the cast, I applaud you, well done!
There is also a small consolation knowing that PT Branum also did some good things in his career such as politics, philanthropy, and worked hard to improve many things in the 19th century. But… there is still that heart aching sadness for the animals that have, and are being, abused in the world. We have done eternal damage to nature and its inhabitants, and although we shouldn’t forget, we certainly need to improve!!
Technology, Thank you! 2016
I have had to use the internet and email as a way of connecting with many people nationally and internationally. It’s amazing that you can talk to people all over the world instantly no matter where you are. I am extremely grateful for this way of doing networking because any other way for me would have been impossible.
Business breakfasts, lunches or dinners have always been out of my budget as a single parent trying to raise three children. Time was always limited due to having to work up to three jobs at times, and at the end of a long day, going home, cooking dinner, doing the washing and cleaning up was the aim before falling into bed for a few hours before it started all again.
Somehow amongst all the chaos of a single parent life I kept my business going, clawing inch by inch to make the treasure/goals I carried come to fruition. There has been extreme lows through frustration, however there has also been amazing highs. And as I reflect and look at my children I am one proud parent. I believe I have delivered into this chaotic world three incredible human beings who all have giving and loving hearts, who respect others and have common sense, who love to help, and will be their own world changers in different incredible ways.
As for my business I took at step of faith in March with my 16 year old daughter and we headed for Laos. My daughter had to push me to step out because of my fundamental reasoning as a parent to have all the T’s crossed and the I’s dotted. For her I can now see that travelling and giving people joy all over the world is in her veins and heart; and I don’t think she will be happy without these two things in her life.
So we saved, stayed with an amazing and generous friend, and then stepped out to arrive in Laos. We have seen incredible things happen in our own journey in a country where a 1/3 of the population is living below the international poverty line (less than $1.25 per day), has the lowest annual income in the world, is the 25th most hungriest nation in the world, and has 6.2 million people.
We are now giving back and creating sustainability, and again I am reminded of how precious the internet is for networking. As we help elephants and build on conservation I am again networking internationally, but this time because I am in a country far removed from much that is in first world countries.
I am seeking interest and communication partnerships with International Zoos, I am asking for volunteers to get amazing conservation initiatives off the ground, I am marketing to help bring in more tourists, I am researching everything and anything, and I am publishing some of my journey to share.
So all in all I would like to thank the likes of Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs and the many others who have helped pave the computer age to where it is today. I couldn’t have done most of what I have done without your programs, formulas, software and equations. 🙂