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I have this little ritual of going down to my local corner store on Sunday mornings and buying the Sunday New York Times. (Pinkies up, baby!) If I’m lucky I finish it within a week. The depth of its content and the limit of my focus don’t agree. You ever pick up a Sunday Times? It’s a brick house of information!
So, here I am yesterday morning, waking long before the rest of the house stirs, to read some remaining sections of The Sunday Times from – brace yourself – June 4th. (One week? Seven weeks? Tomato. Tomaaato.)
You know how people say that the right books land in your lap when the time is right? Well, I guess that speaks to newspapers too.
Last week’s letter to you was focused on owning who you are so that you can communicate in a way that truly resonates from an authentic place. I shared my penchant for cheesiness and then yesterday morning, what do you know, I came across a Times interview with Patty Jenkins, the director of Wonder Woman, who shared her own wise words on her perspective of cheesy.
Since I do not believe in coincidences, I knew that this was timed perfectly.
The interviewer attempted to save face with her question by prefacing that ‘this may be a cheesy question’ and Ms. Jenkins’ response was dead on:
“Did you say cheesy? Cheesy is one of the words banned in my world. I’m tired of sincerity being something we have to be afraid of doing. It’s been like that for 20 years, that the entertainment and art world has shied away from sincerity, real sincerity, because they felt they have to wink at the audience because that’s what the kids like. We have to do the real stories now. The world is in crisis.”
Now, yes, movies are my huge vat of jam so I’m slightly biased here. Still, this can translate to any audience that you are speaking to, no matter the content. Emotions are what give us the fuel to communicate and create from a place that pushes through fear and embraces uncertainty. It’s the ultimate thread to pure connection. Give us your excitement about what you’re sincerely passionate about. That enthusiasm is super contagious!
If passion and perseverance is a topic that you hold dear, read my own take in “What La La Land Really Teaches Us (Besides Ryan Gosling Being Hotter Than We Thought Humanly Possible).
Worth repeating: bring on your sassiness, your wacky humor, your own unique style of communicating that keeps your flow and heart in motion. Because we all know it’s not the size of the tide, it’s the motion of the ocean.
“Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb…it’s where all the fruit is.”
– Shirley MacLaine
Please don’t shy away from being vulnerable to save face. Share your story. Take the risk of putting yourself out there from a place of contribution, sincerity and honesty. I’ll do the same. Pinkie swear.