Mother’s Day Weekend: Freedom of Speech, Cherishing the 1st Amendment and the Power of the Fourth Estate to Protect American Democracy

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This week:
Are You a Person who Cares about Freedom and the Truth?

Today journalists and their profession more often than not get a bad rap.
Last week by sheer serendipity I happened to be channel surfing and caught this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner on C-SPAN.
Little did I know it would be so controversial but wit and vim can cut both ways- we just don’t like it when the knife is turned in our direction.

If you are sensitive or incensed by foul language or barbed humor you might want to skip Michelle Wolf’s scathing remarks. (in the 3rd link below)

But if you value freedom of speech and want to see a courageous display of speaking truth to power and as Colin Powell’s leadership primer states, “leadership sometimes means pissing people off”, then here is a remarkable example of the courage to speak your mind.

Regardless of whether I put wings under your sails or pricked your balloon with this topic, I would invite you to watch the introduction by the President of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner Margaret Talev which regrettably got overshadowed by the Michelle Wolf powerful and incendiary remarks.

Margaret reminds us about the role of journalism in a democratic society and when she speaks of her own families travails at the end of her remarks -at the 13 minute mark in the 15 minute opening in the second link-you see the purpose in both her and other’s work to live up to and preserve the legacy of the 1st amendment.
This alone is worth it!

 

How do you stand the heat and fallout once you’ve stepped onto the ledge?
Terry Gross Interviews Comic Michelle Wolf on the Correspondents’ Dinner:
“I wouldn’t change a single word. I’m very happy with what I said, and I’m glad I stuck to my guns.”
http://freshairnpr.npr.libsynfusion.com/comic-michelle-wolf-on-the-correspondents-dinner

 

WHCA President Margaret Talev addresses the 2018 White House Correspondents’ Dinner:

Margaret reminds us about the role of journalism in a democratic society to and preserve the legacy of the 1st amendment.

https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4727103/whca-president-margaret-talev

 

If you are game, put on your seatbelt and brace yourself for
Michelle Wolf COMPLETE REMARKS at 2018 White House Correspondents’ Dinner (C-SPAN)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDbx1uArVOM

 

Plus… 4 Brain Tattoos by Robin Sharma:

Brain Tattoo #1: No idea works unless you do the work.

–A lot of winning starts with beginning. Ideas are awesome but you absolutely must start the process of acting on the ideas you learn to get the results. Otherwise, it’s all just a fantasy.

Brain Tattoo #2: All change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.

–Often, we start to install a new habit and then quickly retreat at the first sign of discomfort. But please remember that our growth–and mastery–is built around our discomfort, not our ease. –Change is hard at the beginning as you tear away old patterns and ways of being. And then it gets messy as you’ve let go of all you were yesterday for the sake of someone even better tomorrow. But—after 66 days [remember The 66 Day Rule of Habit Installation based on the recent research at University College London], you’ve reached automaticity. And the habit becomes automatic.

Brain Tattoo #3: The finest way to get respect is to give respect.

–It speaks to a beautiful truth: treat people incredibly well and you’ll give them a reason to treat you incredibly well.

Brain Tattoo #4: To have what few have, do what few do.

–To rise to world-class, each of us on this path we’re on must leave the cult of mediocrity and enter The Club Of Mastery. And think, behave and live as very few are willing to do. Yes—the world will then call us eccentric and different. But all progress depends on those of us with the guts to pursue our own paths.

Speak YOUR Truth, Pay it Forward & Love your MOM!
Love,
Neville

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It is never too late to be what you might have been.
— George Eliot (1819-1880) English Novelist

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