FILIBUSTER (Read time 0:30)
The awesome wife and I are in Washington D.C. for eight days. It’s a great time to visit because the entire congress is on a national “rock ‘n’ roll tour” trying to convince their fans to re-elect them. And thanks to our congressman, Elton Gallegly, we got an insider tour of the White House, and hung out in the Senate chambers—where we learned about the “destructive side” of filibusters (the use of obstructive tactics to prevent the adoption of a measure, bill, or new idea). Made me think that not only do politicians prevent each other’s good ideas from happening, we do it to ourselves too.
Truth is, if you’re stalling for the “right time” to finish that script, or pondering “some day” to pull together that live show, or if you’re waiting for circumstances to “improve” before you take on that big “worthwhile” project, you may be “filibustering” yourself or your company. And the only way to break a self-inflicted filibuster (or stop the persistence of procrastination), is to stand up on your own two feet and “COMMIT!”
Truth is, in Washington, it takes 60 senate votes to break a filibuster. In your world it only takes one.
|Posted By joe|
| philly buster |
guess i have to say no offense (pun) intended but it seems to me that pointing out punctuation is not even reading the message.. i read michael's interesting writing and don't even notice if he uses quotation marks, etc. anyway, thought provoking as usual michael.. at the moment the only thing that concerns me is the horribly terrifying thought that ROM knee could actually get elected.. cheers :-)
|Posted By Neddy Smith|
| Loved The Movie |
I was inspired to write by great scripts such as Mr. Smith Goes To Washington. The character reminded me that it only takes one to stand truthfully for others to follow. Good examples are hard to find because one sometimes look outside rather than inside one's self to find one's own passion for a cause to fight for. If I am the gridlock to my progress, then I'll have to break my self-inflicted filibuster to let my words and music flow freely with passion....
|Posted By Anthony Anglero|
| Thank you Michael |
I feel like I need to completely overthrow the Senate residing in my head and establish a new world order asap!
|Posted By Dean Moore|
| A particularly great entry |
My name is Dean, and I am a self-filibusterer!
|Posted By Rachel|
| Sometimes.... |
like driving through a snow storm.... Hope you and your wife have fun in D.C.!
|Posted By Robin Noll|
| Fillibuster |
Love it. Enjoy your insights.
|Posted By Jose Montes De Oca|
| Filibuster |
Hi Michael!!! My post is very simple...I couldn't be clearer than this and at the same time very inspiring to me. I really thank you for sharing this with us, we need more people like you.
|Posted By randy|
Very creative post! Completely off-track here, but I live in the DC area... sorry I will miss you! Have a good stay -- there are a lot of cool things to do in the city -- besides all of the government stuff! Enjoy!
|Posted By Roger Cloud|
| improving writing |
Michael, we've had a few communications. I don't want you to think that I'm hypercritical or anything, but if you're like me, you always want to hear about any way to improve one's communications. In line with this, I humbly suggest that you avoid frequent use of parentheses and quotemarks. It tends to make one's writing appear effete and less powerful. There's almost always a different and better way to communicate your point. I hope you believe me when I say that I make these comments without any hostility. I also write from experience, in that I've overused quotemarks and parentheses myself. Respectfully submitted. Roger
|Posted By Kathy|
| Just nice to hear |
Hi Michael, Loved your blog. Looked at your bio. Inspirational. Living your truth. I honor you for that. Kathy
|Posted By Katie Norris|
| Great Motivation!! |
What a fantastic entry!! The concept of Now and Procrastination are tackled in many different, imaginative ways. But what a great current event analogy! It made me rethink and get re-motivated all over again!! Thank you. I needed to hear that.
|Posted By Robert Friend|
| Mr. Smith in me |
J. Michael, what an inspiration first to see Washington again, to revisit the basis of establishing our nation and its government. Second inspiration exceeded my expectations. How often have I been my own worst enemy? How often has the idealistic me stood toe-to-toe against the doubting, procrastinating me? How often has my inner skeptic scoffed at The idealistic me, cutting it down lower and lower? Sometimes it ends in confusion and chaos in my mind. Much of the time it defeats the “Mr Smith” in me. But now I’m going to let “Mr Smith” rise within me, because The scoffing skeptic has done nothing but defeat me, in the dark side’s War on my true identity! Thanks again for the Truth.
|Posted By Bonnie Mayer|
| Great flick! |
:”Mr Smith Goes to Washington” is by far one of my favorite movies. The Filibuster that Jimmy Stewart’s character pulls off is that of a frustrated idealist. To use “filibuster” on the dark side, blocking my own Good ideas and indeed, Destiny, was a fascinating flip for me. I am mentally investigating my past for the times I myself blocked my own progress. Wow, what a revelation! And my inner “spirit” has the above face of Jimmy Stuart, in an expression that begs me to see the Truth right in front of me.