Last year on June 8th 2014, I posted a Homily about “Have Faith, Not Hope” – A Powerful Change In Perspective. The inspiration for the article was a video I had seen of Jim Carrey’s Commencement Address at the 2014 MUM Graduation.
I truly have become very fond of that Commencement address and especially two key sections that inspire and encourage anyone. Not only the graduates he’s speaking to.
The first was related to being contained by others. Setting your own limitations by stepping outside the limitations of others. “You can’t contain the container” he said. I love that!
The second statement is one that really impacted my perspective in life about hope. He said:
“Take a chance on faith. Not religion, but faith. Not hope, but faith. I don’t believe in hope. Hope is a beggar. Hope walks through the fire and Faith leaps over it.” ~ Jim Carrey © 2014
I was really struck by that perspective. It changed a good many things in my life. But his words were not easy for me to relate to and share with others. I wanted to be able to impart this bit of wisdom with my own students. And if I couldn’t remember it and say it well, the concept would be lost in the retelling.
So I altered it to something that’s easier for me to say and remember:
“Have Faith, Not Hope. Hope is a beggar. Faith is a Believer. Hope walks through the fire and Faith leaps over it.” ~ Dr. Vickie Carey 2014 (a Carrey and Carey – we’ve got to be related somewhere back through history).
Without thinking about it really, I added a copyright symbol © to my quote; I put it in the back of my head and said: I’ll double-check that later and see if I can actually do that. Well frankly and full disclosure I never got around to checking it.
The world is full of good intentions, but carrying through with them are where the standards of integrity reside. I would like to apologize for falling down on the job and not standing up to my own standards of giving credit to others, where credit is due.
As someone recently shared with me:
“…you can’t “alter his quote” by inserting two sentences between his sentences and then copyright it as your own. That’s more than “borrowing” somebody’s idea“. Thank you Hmm for your note and calling me on the carpet. You’re absolutely right. Damn straight!
I’ve gone through the site and tried to find every place I’ve used the quote and updated it to include “Inspired by Jim Carrey“. I think that ascription gives the proper credit to Mr. Carrey. I’m asking anyone who finds it without an attribution to please make note of it and let me know where you found it so I can update the page.
I truly like it when you all give me feedback, and for situations exactly like this. As you know I’ve shared other “in full disclosures” before. It’s not the first and it certainly won’t be the last. None of us are perfect, not even me. Whither it’s because of good intentions that get lost in the day-to-day activities, or through confusion and words that need a better explanation in sharing their perspective, I can always use the help to improve all the Reflections here on my blog.
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