“I have love, and I want people close to me to have love, too. I don’t think people need to be greedy about love.”
– from an Instagram post on June 8, 2017
“But if you never try, you’ll never know
Just what you’re worth.”
Sometimes, laughter can be a truly beautiful thing.
This Late, Late Show abridgement of Romeo and Juliet, featuring Emily Blunt and James Corden as the titular teens, offers a decidedly modern, decidedly irreverent, and decidedly comic take on the traditionally tragic tale of star-crossed lovers.
After taking a few days off to reset my head, I realized it was time to get back to posting when I saw an excerpt from the following quote on the front of a greeting card (which mis-attributed it to Robert Louis Stevenson) at the local post office today:
“He achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much;
Who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children;
Who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;
Who has never lacked appreciation of Earth’s beauty or failed to express it;
Who has left the world better than he found it,
Whether an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul;
Who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had;
Whose life was an inspiration;
Whose memory a benediction.”
— Bessie Anderson Stanley
Commonly mis-attributed to famous authors such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Robert Louis Stevenson, this poem actually was written (originally in prose form) by American author Bessie Anderson Stanley, who originally submitted it as an entry in a contest sponsored by Brown Book Magazine, which asked entrants to answer the question, “What is success?” in one hundred words or less.
“I know you’re afraid, but being afraid is all right. … Because if you’re very wise and very strong, fear doesn’t have to make you cruel or cowardly. … It doesn’t matter if there’s nothing under the bed or in the dark, so long as you know it’s okay to be afraid of it. … Fear is like a companion – a constant companion, always there. But that’s okay, because fear can bring us together. Fear can bring you home. … Fear makes companions of us all.”
— Screenplay by Steven Moffat
Some performances are transcendent – and even if you don’t like the song (or the way she chose to interpret it) – this still is one of them.
It would have been easy – and understandable – for Manchester or Ms. Grande – to have pulled the plug on this event after what happened in London yesterday. It would have been easy – and understandable – for the other performers to have pulled out of the show. It would have been easy – and understandable – for the fans (and the people of Manchester) to have stayed away and left the venue empty.
It would have been easy, but it never would have been a moment as beautiful as this.