I had taken a few days away from my computer because it was a holiday weekend for Dave. He had been trying to shake fatigue from a bug all last week, so three days of much needed rain forced him to relax. Dave does not do well with vegging but since I have perfected the art form I made sure we were equipped. Snacks and lots of movies kept Dave from climbing the walls. We rented 6 movies and watched four TV movies in three days. Californians are not used to three days of rain at this time of year so we reverted back to winter weekend movie watching. God forbid we go out and get wet or cold!
I was inspired to return to my blog after the holiday by two of the movies we watched. "Lions for Lambs" was an amazing independent film that articulated my thoughts on the current state of American politics. Robert Redford, Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise came together to make a smart, thought provoking film. It reminded me of the movie "Crash" and done in the same kind of way. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/film/reviews/article_display.jsp?rid=10088
The other movie is "Coach Carter" with Sammuel L Jackson. A true story of a basketball coach trying to make inner city kids realize the importance of an education. What grabbed me was a paraphrased poem by Marianne Williamson recited by a student.
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
I was very moved by this poem and felt the need to share it in light of our political climate and in honour of our soldiers. I look forward to "The Return" of our soldiers and my wish to live in a "Parallel Universe" with no more war.
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