The ability to filter massive amounts of information, every day, allows a person to categorize and prioritize. Once in a while, though, something unexpected gets through.
Sometimes that unexpected t-h-i-n-g is like the pebble in a shoe, demanding attention and distracting from tasks on which you want to focus. Talk about annoying.
But once in the middle of that seemingly reasonable, sorted choice, one may second-guess their filtering ability.
Step out of work and family obligations for a minute. Conjure up the feeling experienced when sitting down to watch an eagerly-awaited movie. A bit into the movie you question the choice. About halfway through you question yourself for continuing to watch. Yet, something keeps you there … and even after the climax of the story, some unexpected twists and turns still occur. The movie credits begin and satisfaction, maybe even joy, for the outcome resembles nothing expected at the beginning.
I have love/hate relationships with movies, and this example illustrates perfectly my experience with most. One film in particular not only changed who my favorite actor is, but also unexpectedly resonated at the core of my humanness: Pitch Black (Haven’t seen it? Here’s a movie trailer.)
Full disclosure: I also enjoy Rambo and Die Hard and Reacher. Besides the fact that I like ’em, these movies illustrate the human character at its core when everything else can’t seem to get any harder, worse or crazier … yet it does, until it’s over.
Desire to Survive
The heavy, unexpected and crazy offer the gift of experience. How one acts in the midst of such turmoil reveals the true self. Riddick, brought to life by Vin Diesel, exemplifies the good within that ultimately stays with us when we are the ugliest and the most judged.
Care of Others
Todd Smith shared an African Proverb that sticks with me: “If you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to go far, walk together.” Though mostly strangers, the characters in Pitch Black banded together, trusted each other and worked together.
What supremely delights you?
I just wanted a popcorn movie to suspend reality and keep me on the edge of my seat for just a little while. Yes, I found that. The extra gift came with the exciting realization that every single person has good within, albeit hidden, lost or soooooo tiny no one knows it exists – yet the goodness is there even if just for a moment.
Those sparks of truth, or fun or unexpected – especially from astonishing sources – provide stories to weave into and explore with personal experience. From that expanded understanding (regardless of the source) we equip ourselves to meet each other as we are, not as we expect.