Inspiration In Unlikely Places

Have you ever picked up a book, opened it and read something you really needed to hear in the moment?

Have you ever been drawn to see a movie and walked away with a new perspective on something critical in your life?

This happens to me a lot.

It happened to me in an unusual quantity this weekend.

I spent the weekend with my sister and her family. They are movie buffs. They always have the best suggestions and recommendations. Some of my newest favorites have come from their “must watch” list.

Saturday night their friends came over and we played a few games. It was so much fun. I actually lost track of all the movie references that this crew threw out over the course of the evening.  

I love movies as a source of entertainment. I was reminded this weekend that as a kid, I used a few movies for inspiration before a big dance show. My sister’s husband used a movie called Chef for inspiration while making us dinner on Sunday night.

Over the course of the many movies that played in the background this weekend, and some I watched in full, I got an unusual amount of wisdom, encouragement and inspiration.

There was Master Oogway from Kung Fu Panda on Saturday saying “You are too concerned with what was and what will be.” This was right after a discussion with my sister on the future of what I’m building and alternative sources of income until I can realize the full potential of my ideas.

Another standout from Master Oogway was “One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it.”

Sunday morning I got the joy of watching How To Train Your Dragon. In this film, a young boy named Hiccup, doesn’t fit into his life or his home of Vikings that kill dragons to protect their land. That is, until he stands behind what he knows and sees, which is exceptionally different from everything the elders have taught and he and his peers have learned.

His beliefs defy the stories, the legends and the foundation upon which their lives are built.

Sunday afternoon, during a rather intense chat with my sister, I caught a few times where the background movie script fit perfectly into the conversation, as if the two were aligned.

We rounded out my visit with my first but definitely not my last showing of the Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Not only was the soundtrack killer and special to my sister (and now to me), the story line was terrific.

Everything about the movie was something I needed to hear and see.

At one point in the film, Walter receives a gift with a quote on it.

 I share it with you here, as a wish and a blessing.

Here’s to new beginnings.