TUNING IN

Communications And Tv Using A Satellite Dish

Tuesdays are Prompts days at Better Endings, relating to our weekly theme, which this week is television Better Endings.  I’ll list some topics you might write or talk about, or share your Comments or stories about, in relation to the Better Endings concept. Is there a TV series you’ve always wished would have ended differently, especially one you felt personally invested in while the series was on the air?  Or, is there a specific episode of a favorite television program you would love to see a Better Ending for?

I’ll list some possible topics for creative re-scripting in a bit. But overnight while I was contemplating this theme, I realized how television as an expressive MEDIUM is a blank canvas for the imagination to project upon. To me, much of contemporary TV fare is vacuous, little more than comic or dramatic drivel based on overused characters and tedious plots. Maybe that reveals my age (59), showing I am jaded about contemporary TV situational comedy and drama. I grew up with the original Star Trek and heady fare like Mission Impossible, The Prisoner , The Avengers and Dr. No; plus raucous, 60’s-70’s ‘revolutionary’ romps including Laugh-In, The Love Boat, Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie, all of which presented a ‘new’ world of magical-thinking possibilities and romantic license. But closer to my point: If you think of television as a blank canvas, what would you really LIKE TO SEE projected there?

Last night I envisioned a Reality program that would be somewhat of a cross between TED Talks and How It’s Made.  A challenging global issue, like World Hunger, would be given to a Think Tank assembly of inventors, political savants, natural scientists and social scientists, and engineers from relevant fields, with a global audience free to call in with their ideas, too. The program would stay on that challenging issue, inviting pertinent policy makers and politicians as needed, for as long as the assembly took to arrive at practical solutions and then to actually IMPLEMENT them, at least on a small scale that could then realistically be expanded to a whole scale transformation. What a concept! Middle East peace, asteroid deflection, fresh water sustainability, free and renewable energy with non-harmful means of extraction and generation, etcetera…now, there’s a TV program I would tune into! (Are there any producers or screenwriters out there?) Why COULDN’T we use television or other worldwide information media to arrive at win-win situations to global problems as a collective, species wide think tank?

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Okay now, let me rein this in some. Here’s a list of possible ‘prompt’ topics to apply Better Endings to regarding television.  Feel free to Comment with your own ideas:

  • Family situational comedies
  • Crime dramas
  • Science documentaries
  • The composition of ensemble casts (who would combine well, for what kinds of programs?)
  • Memorable series endings re-writes (e.g. Friends, Seinfeld, the Mary Tyler Moore show, Lost, All in the Family)
  • Projected ‘good’ endings of current series
  • Day-TV soap operas
  • Sci-fi drama series
  • Documentary series
  • Reality TV

If you think of a good “through-line” (that is, a one sentence zinger that describes a fully envisioned episode or series concept), please send it to share! The sky’s the limit…well actually, not even!

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Thanks for stopping by. And always, Better Endings to You! – Linda

A Re-Visioning Conversation

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This week’s life mapping activity invites you to practice a “re-write” as a form of applying the principle of Better Endings.

Recall a communication Moment from your life that may have marked a pivotal transition in a relationship or situation. What might you have said, that you didn’t? How might you have spoken or replied otherwise than you did? Might it have mattered? How?

Replay this conversation, either by using “active imagination” (in an aware, contemplative, imaginative mode), or by journaling. You could also ask a spouse or significant other to model the other person’s role.

Allow this imagined or re-scripted conversation to become transformational, to achieve a “Better Ending.” For some situations, this might mean reaching a “closure” that was never possible before (my example below). For others it might mean getting to share what you were not able to at the time, or allowing the other to share what you now sense they might have based on what you have learned since then.

“Ellie”

Preface: I LOST my dog of 12 years’ companionship, Ellie. She was a dear, close companion. Yet by nature this sweet, orange boxer-Rhodesian ridgeback mix was timid and afraid of strangers. This proved her demise when I left her with a new friend’s sheltea in a fenced back yard while my friend and her daughter and I went for breakfast. When we returned, Ellie was gone. She had jumped up against the gate, which opened, and she would not allow neighbors to take her in, in a city residential neighborhood totally unfamiliar to her. I looked for Ellie for over six months almost daily, driving from Colorado Springs to Denver to search for her. She wasn’t chipped nor was she wearing a name tag on her collar, as she would never normally be more than an arm’s length from my side.

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To Ellie:

L: Oh, my dear, I can only hope that, whatever happened, you always knew in your heart that I love you. I hope and can only trust that you felt somehow Spirit was with you, comforting you as you slept, guiding events in the best possible way they could unfold in the situation.

E: I tried to find you. I never stopped trying.  Do know I loved you, too.

L: I looked for you everywhere I could think of looking. At all the shelters; via Craig’s list; in all of the greenbelts I could walk, over and over. I followed leads, and dreams, that seemed to be guiding me to where you might be, in storms and sun, days and nights. But I could not reach you, my Friend. I held a ceremony for you, with GM and TU; we buried some of your favorite possessions, read spiritual passages for you.

E: I heard you/ saw you inwardly then. I was never without spiritual companions, though I rarely felt them outwardly in the panic that consumed my search.

L: Dear, dear Ellie, I am sorry. I left you alone with another dog in a stranger’s yard. I am sorry I took you at all that day. I should have realized your timidity would not allow you to adapt so quickly to new friends.

E: You wanted a companion dog that could go anywhere with you. I wanted to stay home, safe beside you.

L: I love you, dear Soul. I wish you the most wondrous spiritual adventure as Soul, forever.

E: I needed this push to prepare me for what was to come, in my next life.

L: But I hope that the trauma you felt will not hold you back.

E: Soul grows from all experience. I chose to try to find you and found instead the world is bigger and more full of danger, and care, than I knew.

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L: Goodbye, dear friend. If I can ever comfort you, I am always Here, close to your Heart, as Soul. Twenty-four/ seven, times Eternity!

E: I go forward with fresh experience. Thank You.

L: Thank You for  all the Love you gave.

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The poem below is re-blogged (after my initial post of the tribute to Ellie), from Cats at the Bar:  http://tvkapherr.wordpress.com/  :

Remember love?

Impermanent.

Remember joy?

Immeasurable.

What is love,

what is joy,

but knowing

what is you?

By floridaborne twoonarant.wordpress.com

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Thank You to readers and those “liking” this post. Of course it is a difficult story to share but I feel that in using this vehicle, I am sending my heart out along the cosmic sea of Spirit and Divine Love as the opening image betokens…there is no real separation of Soul to Soul, so I do believe.