Last weekend I attended the Bravehearts women Global Event in Los Angeles. It was an amazing 3 days of empowerment that was good for the souls and great for hearts. I had a wonderful time meeting so many great people. One of the most impressive people I met was the Hollywood Legend Ms. Carol Channing.
She is a three time Tony Awards winner (including one for lifetime achievement), a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination. Ms. Channing is best remembered for originating, on Broadway, the musical-comedy roles of bombshell Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and matchmaking widow Dolly Gallagher Levi in Hello, Dolly!
Ms. Channing is 88 years young and she sings and dances just the same way she did as I remembered. Over 60 years in entertainment from Broadway to television (She was in many popular game shows such as What’s My Line, I’ve Got a Secret and Password. Carol’s variety shows encompass The Dean Martin Show, The Red Skelton Show, The Milton Berle Show, Rowen & Martin’s Laugh-In, The Carol Burnett Show, The Muppet Show, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Hollywood Squares, as well as many Tony and Grammy broadcasts. A partial list of Carol’s Episodic work consist of Playhouse 90’s Three Men on a Horse, The Love Boat, Magnum, P.I., The Nanny, Touched by an Angel and The Drew Carey Show) Carol Channing has always able to find new ways to grow and continue to push the limits.
Today, Carol’s passion is The Channing-Kullijian Foundation, founded by her husband Harry and her. The foundation’s purpose is to return arts to School by launching a statewide awareness campaign heralding the benefits of Arts back into the curriculum of public schools of California and to provide musical instruments for low income school districts and the funding of scholarships for students and teachers in the Arts.
We’ve all heard the term “Age gracefully,” and I have to admit it sounds good at first glance. Unfortunately, too many people interpret “gracefully” to mean “passively.” We’ve all heard the saying, “It’s a young man’s world.” I could not disagree more. Our world is a world for anyone who is willing to grow and learn. If you’re young and inexperienced, you have a lot of work and growing to do. But even if you’re older and have lots of experience, it’s still not time to lie down and be content. Every day is the right day to choose to do something good in the world regardless of your age.
Carol Channing has the exact right spirit. You are NEVER too old to make an impact. In fact, the older you are, the more capacity you have to make a difference. You have all the wisdom and knowledge from years of experience to build upon. You have a huge capacity to learn and grow and give some of that wisdom back to the world. You can think at multiple-levels and comprehend things you never would have understood when you were younger. So always be like that excited little kid. Run around and stay active both mentally and physically. Always be growing, because the day you quit growing is the day you begin slowly dying.
Don’t age gracefully. Age Actively!
Don’t fear change. Embrace your growing pains and learn from them.
Don’t think of growth like a job. Make learning and growing fun. Do it in style.
And always remember, we can’t relive our days past. Live in the now and constantly challenge yourself. Take the attitude that you want the world to know you were here when you’re gone, that you made some noise and left a mark. If you make some mistakes along the way, no big deal, as long you learned and grew from the mistakes—that’s part of the process.
Let go of the past and move forward, because the future belongs to those who welcome change and make the effort to grow.
Cheers to an amazing lady, Carol Channing a woman who age actively.
To support The Channing-Kullijian Foundation go to http://www.carolchanning.org/Foundation.htm
Imperfect Action is better than No Action