Thursday, April 8, 2010

Movin' Right Along

I'm sure that we've all felt like giving up at different times in our lives. Something has come our way that, while worthwhile, is just really hard to try and get through. Something we would like or love to do is just not happening. But should we give up? Not if we're following in the furry, fuzzy, fabulous footsteps of one Fozzie Bear.

Fozzie is the Muppets' resident comedian. And he's terrible at it. Usually it's only by chance that he stumbles onto a funny joke, and unfortunately, thanks to the jeering and heckling in the upper balcony by two stodgy old men, seems to generate more laughter at his expense than anything else. But there is one thing that Fozzie loves: the stage. All the Muppet performers love the stage, but I would argue that Fozzie loves it the most. How else could we justify his persistence in coming back again and again, even withstanding the metaphorical tomato toss (and sometimes, not so metaphorical)? Fozzie keeps on going, and so should we. After all, who goes the longest distance with Kermit in The Muppet Movie to reach their dream of making it in Hollywood? It's most definitely Fozzie.

Perhaps his greatest triumph is when he inspires others to persist through their difficult times. In response to the quick (and, frankly, reasonable) withdrawal of Muppet support to a scheme to rescue the "fabulous Baseball Diamond" from crooks in The Great Muppet Caper, Fozzie retaliates against those with less-than-iron wills. "Shaaaaaaame on you," he scolds. "I'm just as scared as you are, but this has to be done. We don't want the bad guys to win!" After a rousing and inspirational speech laden with determination and encouragement, he motivates all the Muppets to face danger, even evoking Floyd's response of "Oh, hey, I was only joking. Yeah, it'll be a lot of fun to go out there and risk our lives." (even sam is impressed.)

So if ever you feel like giving up on your dreams or getting that darn lid off the pickle jar, remember that Fozzie wouldn't give up, and neither should you.


"Did I get my elbow in the shot?" -Fozzie
"Don't worry. It adds human interest." -Gonzo
"But I'm a bear." -Fozzie

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