Charlie Sheen has been on a manic media blitz this week. From Good Morning America to the Today Show to Piers Morgan Tonight, the troubled actor has unleashed an arsenal of accusations, insults and bizarre comments aimed at “Two and a Half Men” creator Chuck Lorre, Alcoholics Anonymous and others in his life.
Behind the crazed sound bites – Sheen joined Twitter on Tuesday and already boasts more than 1 million followers – Sheen may be teaching the rest of us a few valuable life lessons along his bumpy road:
1. Arrogance is unbecoming
More than likely you’ve heard at least one of Sheen’s priceless gems from the past few weeks:
“[That way of life] was written for normal people, people who aren’t special, people who don’t have tiger blood and Adonis DNA.”
– Explaining why he won’t slip back into addiction on Today
“I don’t have a tuxedo that fits anymore because my chest and my biceps are too big.”
– Explaining why he wasn’t planning on attending the Oscars on Pat O’Brien’s Loose Cannons radio show
“I’m on a drug. It’s called Charlie Sheen.”
– Professing his sobriety to 20/20’s Andrea Canning
His reckless lifestyle is one thing, but his narcissistic comments add an entirely new layer to this mess. Case in point – no one likes to spend time with someone who loves himself more than, well, anything else.
2. Don’t burn bridges
You already knew that talking bad about your boss could have negative consequences, but Sheen’s bad-mouthing makes this faux pas even more real.
“I spent close to the last decade effortlessly and magically converting your tin cans into pure gold. And the gratitude I get is this charlatan chose not to do his job, which is to write. Clearly someone who believes he’s above the law.”
– Sheen on “The Alex Jones Show”
His comments won’t only have a poor impact on his future as the star of “Two and a Half Men.” Chances are, his entire career is even more in jeopardy than in previous years. Respect and trust are earned and once broken, they are difficult to rebuild. Take the hint from Sheen’s mistakes and use your energy to build bridges, not burn them.
2 ½. A half-lesson until Sheen sees this truth
The half lesson, the power of prayer, comes from Sheen’s equally famous father, Martin Sheen, who offered this comment:
“With prayer, we lift him up and we ask for everyone who cares about him to lift him up,” he said at a movie premier in London on Tuesday.
Indeed, we can lift him up in prayer and hope that this half lesson becomes a real, full lesson that Sheen himself can embrace at the end of this ridiculous ordeal.