(That title is a quote from Whoopi Goldberg in one of my favorite movies – Jumping Jack Flash) Now, on to a more important key analogy…
Bob Buford said on this post:
The Aspen Ideas Festival is a tough audience. In seven years of hosting world leaders, scientists, scholars, newsmakers, and tycoons . . . I have personally seen only three standing ovations: Bill Clinton; John McCain; and Bishop T.D. Jakes from Dallas that The Atlantic Monthly called “the most powerful black man in America that most white people don’t know about.”
Bob Schieffer, the face of “Face the Nation,” interviewed Jakes in the Ideas Festival’s largest venue, the orchestra tent. When Schieffer opened the floor, a woman at a microphone said, “Mr. Jakes, you’re a preacher. Why don’t you preach to us?”
Still in his seat onstage, Jakes delivered something like this (and it deserves better than my memory): “When you’re born, you’re like a key with no cuts in it. As you go through life, each wound, failure, hurt . . . cuts into that strip of metal. And one day there is a clear click — your pain has formed the key that slips into the lock and opens your future.”
Wow. That is a priceless illustration. Have you experienced the “click”? I have. If you embrace the process, you will too.
Thanks for listening.