Sunday, November 2, 2008

Lucy Lessons

In my quest for useful knowledge, I stumbled upon a book my father had bought my mother a number of Christmas' ago, Love Lucy by Lucille Ball. My mom and I love all those "I love Lucy" episodes and this was a perfect gift collecting dust over the years. So I decided to look through it since I never had. I read half of it that very evening and these are some of her quotes that I enjoy:

"People with happy childhoods never overdo; they don't strive or exert themselves. They're moderate, pleasant, well-liked, and good citizens. Society needs them. But the tremendous drive and dedication necessary to succeed in any field--not only show business--often seems to be rooted in a disturbed childhood. I wasn't unloved or an unwanted child, but I was moved around a lot, and then death and cruel circumstances brought many painful separations."

I feel that this statement was created after a lot of thought and experience on the part of Lucy. We can go back and forth whether it is true or not. Although I have had a great and excellent childhood, I am still very ambitious. I guess the point where indifference meets ambition can be looked at deeper. Nevertheless, I understand the latter part of her statement and think that individuals in those circumstances can do one of two things: they can either let that overcome them or learn from it and keep moving. That's how I do it sometimes. Just move move move until something else comes along.

Here's another:

"I cured myself of my shyness when it finally occurred to me that people didn't think about me nearly as much as I gave them credit for. The truth was, nobody really gave a damn. Like most teenagers, I was much too self-centered. When I stopped being prisoner to what I worried was others' opinions of me, I became more confident and free. But I still needed to eat."

Ha! That last line got to me. I mean, why she put that in that paragraph, well its fun to think of the reasons. But even that line can refer to me.


Shelly said...

Well, I had a very difficult childhood but I try to make my adulthood better because of it so I can relate to the quote. I love LUCY!! lol Hope you have a super fantastic Thanksgiving.

Shelly said...

Merry Christmas Joanna!!! And Happy New Year too!! Thank you for the gift of friendship. The best gift of all. Love, SHelly