048: Jane Leyden Cavanaugh – On the Connection Between Humor and Truth
On this week’s This Moved Me, I talk with Jane Leyden Cavanaugh. Jane and I go way back. She is a mentor of mine - a friend, a guide, someone I admire and someone I have learned so much from! I had to convince her to do this thing, which struck me as downright RIDICULOUS, because she is awesome, as you'll soon hear. But Jane is a wonderful and surprising mix of Improvisor and intentional planner. She is a mix of deep, soul-searching questions and hilarious and light-hearted comedy. I have seen her guide a group in a quiet and reflective meditation that challenged and brought insight; and I have seen her absolutely delight a crowd with a comedic character, complete with sagging grapefruits in her shirt and a pillow in her pants. (Yes, that's what I meant to say.)
She is a hilarious prophet - the best combination! You are in for a treat. As per the usual with my show right now (I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I think I have it fixed!), the audio isn't great - but was made so much better by the folks over at WEP! I am grateful.
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Show highlights: Funny and True Are Connected
[Tweet ""The goal is not to be #funny; the greater goal is to be true." Jane Leyden Cavanaugh on @ThisMovedMe"]
In the show we talked about:
- Jane's time at the Groundlings in L.A. - they know what funny is, and taught her
- The connection between funny and true - developing her prophetic voice
- The difficulty and importance of vulnerability
- The power of imagery - inspired by Parker Palmer's Let Your Life Speak
- How we have to do the work ourselves... we can't take the short cuts if we want to share wisdom.
This is a new segment I'm playing with here on This Moved Me where I talk with people - sometimes those I'm interviewing, sometimes people I run into on the street or in the neighborhood! - about what they're working on, and how they're doing it.
Today Jane shared with us about wanting to create a new show to help heal the Catholic church. This is something she's been thinking about for a long time, and she's just in the midst of ideating... so curious to see where this goes, Jane!
This Moved Me Moments:
JANE: Jane's This Moved Me moment is this somewhat famous quote by George Bernard Shaw:
"This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no 'brief candle' to me. It is sort of a splendid torch which I have a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it over to future generations."
Sally: My This Moved Me moment is... Jane's this moved me moment! As Jane said - "It's like a good talk - you know it's good when your story and my story collide." Jane's collided with me that day!
Let's keep this conversation going:
Jane is not really a Twitter gal - so this one's just between you and me. We talked about the connection between story and truth. What's your favorite example of funny and true? Join us on Twitter by tagging @ThisMovedMe in your response. Thanks for joining in on the conversation!
Thanks so much for listening!
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