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Carole Channing and Giovanna Garcia

Carol Channing and Giovanna Garcia

 

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

Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Action is better than No Action

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6 Comments

Dan and Deanna Finlinson says: 7 October 2009 - 10:58 pm

Hello Giovanna,

Now, both of you look so beautiful. What an amazing lady Carol Channing is. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. What a great foundation that they started. It sounds like you had a lovely time.

Dan and Deanna “Marketing Unscrambled”

Robin says: 8 October 2009 - 3:45 am

Hi Giovanna - I love what you are saying - “Always be growing, because the day you quit growing is the day you begin slowly dying.” - yes! And also your observation that many people think “gracefully” means “passively”.

Carol Channing sounds very interesting - and you look very beautiful in that picture, too.

Giovanna Garcia says: 8 October 2009 - 8:30 pm

Hi Dan & Deanna,
Yes, Carol Channing is amazing, I hope I can be like her when I get to be 88. Full of life, singing and dancing, giving back to society.
Thanks for your comment and sharing your thoughts.
Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Action is better than No Action

Giovanna Garcia says: 8 October 2009 - 8:35 pm

Hi Robin,
I am glad you and I are on the same page about aging. :-) Carol Channing is awesome. You will like her, if you met her. She is funny, full of live. She is someone that have the spirit that will live forerver.
Thanks for your comment and support.
Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Action is better than No Action

Hilary says: 17 October 2009 - 11:11 pm

Hi Giovanna .. what a wonderful picture - and your comments are so true - it is being active: be it thinking, doing things, being part of the community, helping just one child .. we can all continue to participate in life and should continue to participate to give us a life to live.

Sounds as though you had a wonderful time .. good soul food ..

all the best
Hilary Melton-Butcher
Positive Letters Inspirational Stories

Giovanna Garcia says: 22 October 2009 - 7:39 am

Hi Hilary,
You are right about the continure participate of giving that keeps up living. :-) Thanks for your comment and adding more to this post.
Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Action is better than No Action

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