I have never forgotten my days as an Eagle Scout. I didn’t know it at the time, but what really came out of my Scouting was learning how to lead and serve the community. It has come in handy in my career in government.
For a small child there is no division between playing and learning between the things he or she does just for fun and things that are educational. The child learns while living and any part of living that is enjoyable is also play.
Not only did I get to play with these great international musicians, but I also had the opportunity to jam with the local celebrities in Toronto, people like the Walsh Brothers, David Wilcox, Kim Mitchell and the like. It was a great learning experience.
Being a press secretary is like learning to type: You’re hunting and pecking for a while and then you find yourself doing the touch system and don’t realize it. You’re speaking for the president without ever having to go to him.
I’m only just learning what language to use when I want my microphone turned down, you know, because it’s all so new to me. It can be quite difficult on a daily basis to communicate with the people I work with, so I’m just looking forward to knowing more.
We also learn that this country and the Western world have no monopoly of goodness and truth and scholarship, we begin to appreciate the ingredients that are indispensable to making a better world. In a life of learning that is, perhaps, the greatest lesson of all.
John Hope Franklin
I’ve definitely had my fair share at shaking my fists at the gods of Hollywood, but I’m learning that I cannot think that way or I will go crazy.