I absolutely love the show “The West Wing” Now thanks to Netflix, I have been able to go through the entire series a second time. Or third as the case may be. What I love about the show is the way they go about their business. This show gives one an amazing example of duty, intelligence, morality, and sense of purpose. I understand this is a world of make believe that I am talking so highly about, but that doesn’t matter.
When I look at my life, these are four of the values I want most of my decisions to be centered around. I know it seems odd that I would take the time to watch a show to get motivated, but this show had and still has this effect on me. Is this really that different than having an inspirational book that you go back to a verse of time and time again? Or maybe a scene from a movie that you love? I’m thinking about half of Gladiator at this moment.
I find that when I watch this show I want to get closer to those values. I want to equate those scenarios I watch to things happening in my life and pour myself into it. Similarly Aaron Sorkin had another unfortunately short lived show “Newsroom” that had a very similar feel for me. I love the idea of both of these shows, which in my mind is expecting more out of yourself and challenging what you consider to be good enough. I found it useful to take a look at these shows that I have gravitated towards and try to figure out why they make me feel the way they do. In doing so, as I watched a second time, I was able to pick up on more and more that I could relate back to those values.
You know what motivates you, what makes you feel like going out and doing something. So I leave you with this question. Why?