Working With Kermit The Frog!
I wasn’t expecting it. The pure joy I felt from the wings of the stage, watching Kermit perform. We were practicing leading up to his performance, but there was something intangible when he was on stage that touched not only me, it moved everyone in the room. It was like being in a bubble.
I noticed it in our first practice session
It sounds strange to say, but in our sessions I got to know Kermit better. I got to understand how he thought, and more importantly, what motivated him. I’m not talking about what motivated the man with the voice behind Kermit. I’m talking about what motivated Kermit himself. (I learned they were one in the same). It was so simple really. Kermit really didn’t have any aim to impress, or show what he could do. He didn’t strive to sing the best, or express himself to be understood.
He was just there because he wanted to be
And it gave him a simple joy. I cannot tell you how powerful I think is to do something for the pure love of it. To wake up every day and follow the love and joy within you and around you. Instead, we can get caught in goals. We ‘effort’ to achieve them. And we can be eager to see the results of our efforts. But when I was watching him perform, I felt completely transfixed by the simple joy behind it. It is that simple joy that has led him to do amazing things. He hosted Larry King Live, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and he is the face of a U.S. postage stamp. A puppet did all this! He is THAT widely loved an known.
It reminded me
that a lot of the amazing things I’ve been able to experience in my life have not come from setting goals or struggling. They’ve simply come from waking up and doing what I love everyday. Just following what you want and love to do. Pure and simple. This type of ease and joy is not to be underestimated. It is more valuable (and productive) than you think to follow your joy. No need for recognition. No need for an outcome. If you can do this, even if it’s only a few minutes every day, you may be very surprised (and pleased) where it leads you!
To get back to singing with your original joy, check out this video: Why Do You Sing – Your True Motivation