Friday, April 30, 2010

It's Not Easy Bein' Green

At various times in life, we are called upon to be leaders. Whether at work, in our communities, at church, or within our families, it's often a daunting task. Being a good leader requires us to have several other necessary qualities, and it's always important that we know how to exercise the proper amount of authority. We don't want a coup on our hands, after all. Being the chief representative of the Muppet clan, Kermit the Frog has to juggle quite a bit to keep his fellow Muppets in line. And somehow, miraculously, he does it.

Like many good leaders, Kermit inspires the other Muppets to do what they love. He shrewdly theorizes that if Hollywood wants frogs to become rich and famous, they must want dogs, pigs, bears, and other assorted creatures, too. But he's the one who has to control them once they are settled into their place at the Muppet Theater. If that's not an exercise in patience, I don't know what is. Romantically crazed pigs, destructive monsters, and all sorts of mayhem zoom around Kermit, and he has to manage the organized chaos. Occasionally, even Kermit loses his cool, flailing his arms and hollering, "Will you get out of here??!!?!?"

But Kermit shares these dreams and quirks with his Muppet friends, which is another reason he's a good leader. He can relate to them, even if outside observers try to insist he's the most normal one out of them. He responds to such claims by saying, "Are you kidding? I hired the rest of them!"

Kermit lets us know that even leaders have their down-time and feelings of self-doubt. But he also gives us an example of how we shouldn't keep ourselves down. He sings that "it's not easy being green", but within a few seconds, he realizes that being green is "beautiful, and I think it's what I want to be." After their vehicle breaks down in the desert in  The Muppet Movie, he wonders how he got himself and others into a big mess, but he manages to give himself a pep talk and remember how much he believes in his dream of singing, dancing, and making people happy. He also knows that the dream gets better "the more people you share it with." Therefore, he willingly takes on the role of leader with his friends, because all the insanity is what makes his dreams actually happen.


"If frogs couldn't hop, I'd be gone with the Schwinn." -Kermit the Frog

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