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Celebrity Overdose

As some of you know, I attended the Palm Springs International Film Festival gala on Saturday night. It was a glamorous affair sponsored by Cartier and Mercedes Benz, hosted by Mary Hart and attended by Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, Charlize Theron, Michelle Williams, Al Pacino and Glen Close to name a few.

As I mentioned in one of my earlier postings, I have never been one for heroes and so it follows that I am not someone who gets remotely starstruck. I found it rather telling when I was so much more excited about putting a fabulous outfit together for Saturday night than I was about rubbing shoulders with “Hollywood A-listers.” And then in the frenzy of it all, I was fascinated by my observations and feelings in the moment.

There were about 2,000 people in the room and yet it seemed as though none of them mattered save for the “stars.” I found myself wondering about the fact that among the 2,000, there were probably brain surgeons, rocket scientists, war veterans, generous philanthropists, self-less volunteers, beloved mentors and so many others who either save or change lives. It got me wondering why, as a society, we deify actors. Sure, those who were honored are outstanding in their chosen field but why does that make them so magical, so intriguing, so special?

One woman at our table made an fascinating observation when Brad and Angelina walked past us. “I feel so much better about myself now!” she said. “They look so frail. Even Brad Pitt looks frail. And I thought they were so perfect but they are not!”

Hmm, interesting…

Actually, I felt very strange and rather hypocritical about trying to hype up the evening by tweeting and sending out a Facebook announcement. I was following the advice of others and not going with my gut. The truth is, I have no interest in celebrities and while I realize the value of name-dropping and endorsements for businesses such as mine, I need to always stay true to myself and do what feels right for me.

My question to you my readers is this: If you could be anyone on this earth, who would you choose to be?

If you answered anyone but yourself, I would encourage you to seek out some great self-development authors and speakers and start to realize that you have everything that you need to be all that you wish to become, that you are unique and on this earth for a purpose.

At the end of the day, we are ALL as special as the “stars” that we tend to worship. It is in the discovery of our life’s purpose that we realize our true value.

Sending love and strength,

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