Happy Fall Everyone!
I heard a great quote recently that goes like this:
“Your career is what you’re paid for, your calling is what you’re made for.”
A funny story about the gentleman who uttered this quote. In August of this year, Steve Harvey was delivering his final stand up routine of a 27 year career. Born in Welch West Virginia, the son of a coal miner, Harvey grew up very poor. He worked his way up through the ranks with a stand- up comedy routine that started in local clubs in Ohio, and eventually became a national sensation- touring as part of the Kings of Comedy with Cedric the Entertainer, D.L Hughley and Bernie Mac. Harvey went on to star in movies and T.V. shows, wrote some famous books about relationships including, “Act Like A Lady, Think Like a Man” and “Straight Talk, No Chaser: How to Find and Keep a Man.” He continues to have a very successful morning radio show while simultaneously hosting “The Family Feud.”
As he closed his farewell talk, Mr. Harvey said:
“God has given me a life far beyond anything I ever dreamed about….God is something else man. I would hate to die, and never do the thing I was born to do. Thank you (for letting me do that).”
So why do I share this story with you? First of all, what he said in those three lines sum up how I feel about my life, and my passion for what I do- to help you get and stay healthy. In living my dream, and what I feel is my calling, I hope to help you achieve your dreams, and fulfill your vision of how you want to live this life- in essence, to do what you were born to do.
The other reason I share this story is because our paths have crossed in a very interesting (and quite surprising) way. Many of you by now know that I received a phone call two weeks ago from the producer of the new Steve Harvey Show (the reason Mr. Harvey was leaving stand-up in the first place.) I was asked to be interviewed about my opinion on three different diets, and discuss the pros and cons of each. Before I knew it, I was whisked away on a plane, followed by a limo ride to the NBC studios in Chicago where I was given my own green room (say what?!), hair, makeup WITH false eyelashes (a little distracting but quite fun to bat) and a freshly pressed red suit. As I was up on stage, I looked around at the cameras, the audience and Mr. Harvey and thought to myself, “How on earth did I end up here?!”
The show will air Wednesday, October 10th on NBC in most areas (in Syracuse it is on CW, channel 6 and Hi-Definition Channel 866 for Time Warner Cable customers, at 10am). We will film again at the end of the month to see how each of the contestants on the 3 diets have done. If you get a chance- tune in and let me know what you think! And if any of you out there aren’t camera shy and want to share your journey on national television, let me know. They are already asking about more story ideas.