Today, on May 16th, 22 years ago we lost a great director, a wonderful Muppeteer and great friend known as James Maury “Jim” Henson. He died from strep throat complications early in the morning of this day. Even though he died 6 years before I was born when I found out when he was dead when I was doing research on him my heart dropped as if it had just happened. As I learned more about him I found that he was a gentle person who didn’t get angry easily. He believed he could make a show to create world peace known as Fraggle Rock. It may have worked in a way because in the 60′s and 70′s there was quite a bit of racism, but in the 80′s, the decade the show came out, there wasn’t so much. He had a great sense of humor which he used in the Muppet Show, a puppet show that adults could enjoy, too. He worked on a show that would teach children how to read, how to write, and how to count as well as teaching life lessons such as cooperation, tolerance, and treating others fairly. There are even times that I’ve learned a few things from classic Sesame Street. I’ve learned a bit of sign language, about different cultures, and what a true family is. He was always determined to reach his goals and his dreams and helped others reach theirs as well. He believed in everyone he worked with and everyone he met. He believed that everyone had good in them and that everyone can do their best if they tried. He was an amazing person and it’s awful to have had him die. I wish that he were still alive today to see how popular his movies the Dark Crystal and Labyrinth became, even though they didn’t do well when they first came out. Where ever he is, though, I’m sure he found the rainbow connection.
If just one person believes in you, deep enough, and strong enough, believes in you. Hard enough, and long enough, It stands to reason, that someone else will think “If he can do it, I can do it.”
Making it two whole people, who believe in you, deep enough, and strong enough, Believe in you. Hard enough and long enough, there’s bound to be some other person who believes in making it a threesome, making it three people you can say “Believe in me”.
And if three whole people, why not four? And if four whole people, why not more? And more? And more?
And when all those people believe in you, deep enough, and strong enough, believe in you, hard enough, and long enough
it stands to reason that you yourself will start to see what everybody sees in you,
and maybe even you, can believe in you, too!
We all miss you, Jim![video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Zzfdlxjx4Y[/video]