12/28/2006

Dr. Emmett Brown, Hope, and the Breton Fisherman's Prayer...

I decided to stay in today (because my mom and step-dad took both of the cars this morning) and continue watching The West Wing Season 6. One of the reasons why I love this show so much is that it has so many gems of wisdom concerning leadership and life. Here are some gems that I found today:

*Here is a excerpt from a speech given by Jimmy Smits' character, Congressman Mattew Santos, when he declared his candidacy for the Presidency...

"And I'm here to tell you that hope is real. In a life of trials, in the world of challenges, hope is real. In a country where families go without healthcare, where some go without food, some don't even have a home to speak of, hope is real. In a time of global chaos and instability where our faiths collide, as often as our weapons, hope is real. Hope is what gives us the courage to take on our greatest challenges, to move forward together. We live in cynical times, I know that. But hope is not up for debate. There is such a thing as false science, there is such a thing as false promises, I am sure I will have my share of false starts. But there is no such thing as false hope. There is only hope."

*In an episode entitled "Faith-Based Initiative", one of the last scenes shows President Josiah Bartlet (Martin Sheen) struggling to regain his balance after an MS attack. He uses crutches to walk to his desk where he drops the crutches and tries to stand on his own. In the forground of the shot is a desk plaque reading "O Lord, your sea is so great, and my boat is so small." This was actually a sign that JFK had on his desk. You can read all about it (and even order one of your own here. For some reason, this small sign struck me as a reminder of how big God is, how small I am, and how much I need Him.

*Christopher LLoyd (Dr. Emmett Brown from Back To the Future) appeared in an episode entitled "The Wake Up Call". The whole time he was on screen I was hoping he would get flustered and exclaim "Great Scott!"...

1 comment:

Alli Hibb said...

I always preferred "Jumpin' Jiga-watts!"