Everything I Needed to Know I Learned From The Muppets

lisa d video-1-4 copyPrior to a photography session, I request clients  complete a questionnaire so that I can “get to know” the family or children before the session takes place.  This allows me to make location, clothing and prop suggestions, and gives me conversation points for children during the portrait session.  It is a practice I did as a teacher that I’ve carried over into photography.  It’s only fair that you get to know me too! After giving it some thought, I feel The Muppets tell it best.

Everything I Need To Know I Learned From The Muppets

1.  Appreciation for Great Music.   The Muppet Show featured the likes of Elton John, Diana Ross, Paul Simon, Kris Kristofferson, and Joan Biaz among other great pioneer musicians and this built a strong foundation for my love of music.  I have seen hundreds of countless of musicians in concert over the years including Paul Simon mentioned above and I went to Woodstock ’99 (the anti-Woodstock).  I am definitely a classic rock girl with Motown roots.

The Electric Mayham Muppet band itself included Janice, named for my all time favorite Janis Joplin; Sgt. Floyd Pepper, notice he’s a pink Muppet (which makes him a Pink Floyd); as well as Dr. Teeth modeled after a famous jazz musician named Dr. John.  Needless to say as a two year old I was listening to better music than the Barney songs of the next generation.

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2.  In life, there will always be hecklers.  People will always try to get you down usually because they are jealous or unhappy in their own situations.  At least as a teacher that was what I always told my students.  But doubt kills more dreams then failure ever will.  I’ve learned to follow my heart and your dreams will become your reality. Would this be a good time to bust out with lyrics from the Rainbow Connection or is that just too much?! Kidding aside, my advice is to stop letting people who do so little for you control your mind, feelings, and emotions.

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3.  Friends come in all shapes and colors. The Muppets showed us that the most unlikely friendships could be some of the best!  Take Gonzo and Camilla the chicken or Kermit and Ms. Piggy.  Sometimes we focus so much on the similarities in people that we forget to embrace the differences.  That is how we learn!! I have found that  people have come into my life in all different shapes, colors, religious preferences, and sexual preferences.  Maybe they haven’t turned out to be my best friends, but there is always something to learn from other people so be tolerant of peoples differences. I am lucky enough to maintain lifelong friendships with my best friends throughout my life.  I have also been fortunate enough to pick up some quality friends along my path so far.  They are all different and all meet different aspects of my personality and my life would not be complete without them.

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4.  Act with integrity. Kermit the Frog taught me to find the goodness in every situation, follow my dreams, and always do the right thing.  I’m going to steal a line my husband often uses, It’s better to sleep well than to eat well.

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5.  You always need your support team. Lastly, every time the group embarked on a new adventure they spent time rounding up the gang.  The task couldn’t be completed if they didn’t have everyone working together.  It taught me that you can’t go it alone, you always need the support of your friends and family. Don’t be afraid to ask for help once in awhile.

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(Needlepoint above was made by my Aunt Cheri when I was just a little Lisa d.)

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