Can I just tell you? The Terrence Howard interview surprised us in many ways. I'll let you in on something: last night, we actually thought about canning it. Obviously, we decided not to. I'm glad we didn't. This afternoon the story was at the TOP (my web producer wants me to shout here) of NPR's list of "Top E-mailed Stories"...in fact, it still is.
So, what happened 'behind-the-scenes' at Tell Me More? Let's backtrack a bit...
We approached the interview with Terrence believing him to be a Jehovah's Witness. (It's in the papers and on websites — incorrectly — that this is true. Even he acknowledged the common misconception in the interview). We're thinking: he's introducing this documentary on PBS on this religion...his religion...that some people, quite honestly, find strange and it would be good to talk to him about the project. Then...things head in a different direction. Before we knew it, deep strokes of intro- and retrospection began to flood the conversation. We had no idea about his..."conflict."
In the end, what came through clear was that he really is having an interesting time reconciling his faith with his everyday life. I mean, to most people he's "award-winning-actor-who's-living-the-life, Terrence Howard." He's the debonair man, although known to sometimes play "gritty" roles, who we all see on the big screen and on the red carpet doing his thing.
Now, we're saying who knew?
But after thinking about it...haven't we all experienced this reality at some point in life?...When the matters of the heart conflict with our will — that stubborn will? It's like tug-of-war and, of course, the "you" involved seems to always be trapped in the middle.
The lesson for us: if something doesn't turn out the exact way you expected, that doesn't necessarily mean it's a total loss. Go with the flow when it seems right. You never know where it might lead...
Lesson for you (and for us): Be conscious of your conflict...whatever it might be.