Two And A Half Lessons From Charlie Sheen


Charlie Sheen on Piers Morgan Tonight: We can learn from his tirades.

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.



  1. Mary-25961 April 3, 2011 Reply

    I would think this is one of the hardet things that a parent has to do with a child, especially when they are on a destructive course and have no control or cannot be talked to rationally, giving this over to God in prayer. This has happened long before his manic downard spiral. This has been building for many years prior, especially when he denouced Jesus on his TV Show a few years back. This is all we can do for Charlie now is prayer. I don’t know how much lower he has to go before he realizes what his action has caused him, his children and his family and realize that his actions not only have consequences but life is not meant to be lived this way. .

  2. Jane-370404 March 11, 2011 Reply

    Mr. Sheen is a mighty poor roll model for the young! If he can get away with this terrible behaviour, possibly they would think they could. God Help Him because that’s the only one that at this time, I believe, can help him He’d be better to call on God, the Father for help.

  3. Lucia-551179 March 7, 2011 Reply

    Thanks for not pulling any punches about Mr. Sheen’s behavior. This is turning into a hot mess. Even the loss of custody is not enough of a bottom for him to come out of this ego trip he’s riding. Let’s all pray that he will find his way off this rollercoaster sooner than later.

  4. Rosemary-557912 March 5, 2011 Reply

    I have tried NOT to follow Charlie Sheen’t misadventures but deeply appreciate the reminder to pray for him. He is clearly on a self-destructive path many of us know only too well, though unlikely in such proportions as Charlie’s. In any case, holding himself up as the be-all and end-all of his own destiny is headed for epic failure. Hopefully he will come to recognize that there is a God and he is not it. Perhaps with our prayers, he might find out soon enough to avoid his next disaster.

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