What Kim Kardashian and President Obama have to do with you

I never thought I'd be writing about Kim Kardashian and President Obama, let alone in the same sentence, but it has come to this. We are shallow and superficial as a culture; there. I said it.

I will keep this short and sweet, because the Kardashian family has had more than their fair share of the "15 minutes" they deserve. But it goes a little something like this: The President made a simple, off-hand comment about how when he was an adolescent, he didn't have the constant access to social media that we do today, including things like what Kim Kardashian is wearing and where she and her baby daddy go on vacation. Fine. True. Totally true. Fact. It could have just ended there, but instead...Kris Jenner, Kim's mom, continued to use her "fame" to fall right into the stereotype Mr President (perhaps unwittingly) detailed. That she had to get up on her high horse and defend her hard-working, big-dreaming daughter...who fell into the limelight when a pornographic video was released years ago.


Yeah, just in case you didn't know it, that's how Kim Kardashian stumbled onto the scene in 2007. And if Kris thinks that now Kim is supposed to be a role model for young girls and busy moms just because she "works hard," I don't hesitate to say that I think she's sorely mistaken.

This is not meant to be a Kardashian bash or a defense of President Obama's remarks...I just think it's sad that this is where our moral compass is hovering. There are no family values tied into this conversation. There is no consideration of what's right and wrong. There is only a sheer and transparent layer of entertainment, which can be perfectly healthy in moderation, but I think I'd rather sit down and watch a Disney movie with my kids than an hour of "reality" TV every Sunday night.

So what does this have to do with you and me? It's reminder to know who you are on a soul level. My recent work with the Desire Map has helped me to conjure up in tough times and difficult moments (as well as the happy and joyful ones) the exact essence of who I am, what I value and whose bandwagons I want to hop on and off of. I have avoided drama. I have gravitated more toward self care. I have constantly tried to hone in on What is the right thing here, rather than...well...continuing to play a role that doesn't serve the real me.

Mama Bears everywhere may disagree with me, but remember, I'm a mama too. And if I were in the limelight, if my kids were the ones taking fancy vacations and wearing expensive clothes, I don't think I'd be discussing it on my talk show. I think I would use that platform in consistent and thoughtful service to others — or at least I hope that I'd still have a decent head on my shoulders in order to be able to do so. Something to think about.

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