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Throughout our lives we will be called to play many roles, and though we may not always get the role that we had hoped for—and perhaps not even the ones we feel most suited for—even still, we are challenged to step up and play our part with authentic character. And when we do this, we become empowered with opportunities to be Happy, regardless of the roles we play.
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00:15 Joke about an actor who isn’t Happy
00:31 Insight about happiness
01:12 Positive news story about an actor with integrity fighting for equality
02:31 Insight about equality, integrity, and happiness
03:57 Reflection questions
04:26 Wrap up
LINKS & REFERENCES
Travis, B. (2020, September 28). Chadwick Boseman boosted Sienna Miller’s 21 Bridges salary from his own pay. Retrieved from https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/chadwick-boseman-boosted-sienna-miller-s-21-bridges-salary-from-his-own-pay/
Jonas Cain is a Learning Experience Designer and Facilitator of Fascination for Hashtag Positivity, an educational company that helps emerging leaders and their influencers initiate and manage positive change for personal and professional growth.
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Well hello! Jonas Cain here with Hashtag Positivity, and welcome to On a Positive Note, the podcast that offers hope through positive news stories, practical insights, and even a little levity.
And on that note it brings us to today’s joke about an actor who landed a role in a theatrical rendition of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, but he didn’t get the role he wanted. He wasn’t Happy.
Even though this is just a joke, it does suggest an important truth. Throughout our lives we will be called to play many roles, and though we may not always get the role that we had hoped for—and perhaps not even the ones we feel most suited for—even still, we are challenged to step up and play our part with authentic character. And when we do this, we become empowered with opportunities to be Happy, regardless of the roles we play.
And on that note it brings us to today’s positive news story which comes to us from Hollywood and the production of the 2019 film 21 Bridges.
The actress Sienna Miller was approached to play a supporting role in the film but when it came to negotiating her salary, she ran into problems. In an industry where woman typically make 30 cents to the dollar compared to their male counterparts, Sienna remained adamant that she would only take the part if compensated fairly, or they would have to find someone else.
When the producer and leading actor in the film, Chadwick Boseman, heard about this, he stepped in to make sure she was compensated fairly by donating a part of his own salary. Chadwick told Sienna, “You're getting paid what you deserve, and what you're worth. It’s what you should be paid.”
The actress said it was the most astounding thing she had experienced in her career, because that kind of thing just doesn't happen, and serves as a testament to the kind of man that Chadwick was, revealing his true authentic character.
It’s said that our reputation is who people think we are, while our character is who we actually are.
And while we may have some influence over our reputation, in the end we truly have no control over what others think, feel, or say about us.
Yet, what we can control, is our character, as shaped by how we choose to live our lives, regardless of what others may or may not think of us.
And this is a lesson that Chadwick Boseman knew well, as demonstrated in the way he chose to live with honor by doing what’s right even when it meant making personal sacrifices.
Sadly, Chadwick lost his battle with cancer this year at the age of 43, yet even though he may be physically gone from our world, he remains in our hearts, with his character serving as a lasting legacy for us to follow.
And even though we may never land a role in a theatrical production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, when we have positive role models to look up to and when we step up to the challenge of living with authentic character, we become empowered with opportunities to be Happy, regardless of the roles we play.
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Until next time, my name is Jonas Cain and this has been another episode of On a Positive Note.
Jonas Cain is a Learning Experience Designer and Facilitator of Fascination for Hashtag Positivity, a social entrepreneurship providing social emotional knowledge, skills, and resources to help emerging leaders and their influencers experience greater clarity, confidence, courage, and joy in their life, work, and relationships.