At the end of my term as president of the Junior League of Augusta my executive board gave me this “signed” movie poster.

By Karin Calloway

“Sure, I care about the job, of course. But mostly, I just want to be inspired.” -Dorothy Boyd in Jerry Maguire 

Anyone who knows me very well knows that I’m a bit over-the-top in my love for the movie Jerry Maguire, a 1996 film written and directed by Cameron Crowe. If you’re unfamiliar with the movie, it’s about a guy, played by Tom Cruise, who works in sports management. He has a late-night epiphany to write a mission statement detailing the complete overhaul of the company he works for. He has the multi-page mission statement professionally printed and distributes it to everyone in his company.

Maguire’s mission statement calls for the downsizing of the company’s client list and offering more personal attention to the athletes they represent. Despite the inspiring nature of the mission statement, it doesn’t go over too well with upper management. He basically hits rock bottom, maintaining only one professional athlete as a client. He literally falls flat on his face in one scene. He uses phrases like “I’m cloaked in failure,” and “I’m a cautionary tale.” Unfortunately, I’ve had times in my life where I said the same of myself.

 But he pulls himself up. Despite the fact that he’s a very flawed character, he ends up living out his mission statement as he slowly but surely finds his way with his one difficult client and the one person from his firm who stuck with him—accountant Dorothy Boyd. It’s inspiring!

I’m a sucker for inspiration. Cameron Crowe’s screenplay inspires me. For years, I’ve been able to come up with a “Jerry Maguire-ism” for just about any circumstance.

You’re probably familiar with two of the most popular quotes from the movie, when Rod Tidwell tells Maguire to “Show me the money,” or when Dorothy Boyd tells him “You had me at hello.” Most of my favorite quotes are by a man Maguire refers to as his “late, great” mentor Dicky Fox:

    • “The key to this business is personal relationships.”

     • “Roll with the punches. Tomorrow is another day.”

    • “I love the mornings! I clap my hands every morning and say, ‘This is gonna be a great day!’”

    • “Hey, I don’t have all the answers. In life, to be honest, I failed as much as I have succeeded. 

        But I love my wife. I love my life. And I wish you my kind of success.”

    • “If this (points to heart) is empty, this (points to head) doesn’t matter.”  

My favorite quote from the movie is the one in bold above. It sums up my approach to work and life. I’m always looking to be inspired and fortunately, inspiration is around just about every corner.

Spring inspires me in all sorts of ways. Just looking around at the beauty of our Augusta spring inspires me to take a deep breath and enjoy life. 

Whether it’s a movie our the beauty of nature, stay inspired! Until April,

-Karin Calloway

This article appears in the March 2016 issue of Augusta Family Magazine.
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