For my new project of figuring out how and where to find money for Paul’s upcoming film I’ve been investigating classes at FSU. Last night I went to one called “Fundraising and Development” taught through the Public Administration Department. It was pretty interesting. One thing the instructor said that really caught my attention was this:
Each morning in Africa a gazelle awakes.
It knows that it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be eaten.
Each morning in Africa a lion awakes.
It knows that it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve.
It matters not whether you are a lion or a gazelle,
When the sun comes up, you’d better be running.
That seemed like a pretty interesting concept, although I couldn’t apply it in any kind of direct way to what she was saying about fundraising.
When Paul came home, I started to tell him, but he stopped me in mid-sentence.
“I know that one,” he said, “It was on one of the inspirational corporate posters for sale in the in-flight catalogues on the airplane.”
Damn. You think you’ve been given an original profound thought, and it turns out just to be ‘Footprints” for marketing staff.