I love Letterman’s interview style, his humour, his easy going style, his connection with his guests.
His interview with Obama on My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman, is fascinating.
One thing that stood out for me was when they were discussing the role luck plays in our lives.
Obama asked Letterman at the end of the interview.
He said [paraphrased]:
“Do you ever look back and say – Man, didn’t we get so lucky?”
He reflected on the luck that helped him along the way on his journey to the White House and the importance of reminding himself of the luck so as to never feel too self important.
What followed was a lovely response from Letterman who reflected about his friends going on a drunken trip with his friends when Martin Luther King Jr was leading the march in Selma, Alabama. He asked himself: “why wasn’t I there?” – and reflected on his privilege.
It ended with a lovely note from Obama about the importance of remembering to sprinkle some of that star dust that they were both lucky to have been blessed with in their lives.
That exchange reminded me of the fact that all of us have more star dust to sprinkle than we realise.
If we look around, we will always find people who would either benefit from a helping hand or would appreciate some perspective about an experience we’ve been fortunate to experience.
Here is to sprinkling some of that star dust.