“Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends.
If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaking suspicion… love actually is all around.”
~ Hugh Grant as Prime Minister in Love Actually (2003)
It is never too early in the year to throw around Love Actually quotes in my mind.
This one comes into play as I see what is happening at Rutgers. Sure the coach was out of line, yes it is a terrible thing (and if you think it doesn’t happen anywhere else, wake up), and yes it deserves the attention it has gotten. I can only imagine how much more of a circus it is after seeing that the AD is getting 1.2 million as a pay out. But that’s not the point of the news.
See, I hope to think that at some point the news actually shared the good news with the bad. That the news actually thinks about the arrival gates at Heathrow Airport from time to time. I hope you think about Heathrow Airport from time to time. As news around your campus spreads this spring, focus on the good that is around.
I guess the fact that while the media continues to find a new way to play the clip of the coach pushing players, they dismiss the fact that RU campus keeps moving forward. The news rather focus on who gets paid what rather than the fact that the students lives go on. They go on to the point of going out and raising over $500,000 this weekend in a dance marathon.
No, the news rather tell you about all the negative things about the day and then leave you on a high note or latest viral clip of a dog in pantyhose.
So as Aprilay comes around (a combination of months which a mentor of mine likes to call “Eff You Month”) because of the stress levels that come with closing out the year. When it seems like every student can be an annoyance, every co-worker seems to not be pulling their weight, and the fifth chicken dinner you’ve had at your seventh banquet is overcooked and the cheesecake is still frozen. Remember the arrival gates at Heathrow Airport.
Remember that while in your microcosm of a world may seem cloudy with a chance of meatballs, there probably is a student, staff member, or faculty member doing something great and no one is recognizing or acknowledging it on your campus.
It may even be you. Now that’s news worth sharing.