How Are You Spending Your Time Along Your Way?
I absolutely love being able to stream movies. I think it’s one of the coolest things to happen since the launch of the first iPhone. And there are two movies I’ve watched recently that you absolutely must know about if you’re at all a fan of any genre outside of action and adventure (which neither of these are). Since this blog is designed to spark thinking and feeling to create a deeper understanding of ourselves, and both of these movies left me feeling very contemplative about my own journey, I feel that they merit a post.
About Time – I loved this movie from start to finish. I loved the acting, I loved all the quirky characters. I loved the direction (same guy as “Love Actually” – need I say more?). I loved the humor (it made me long to be British – they can be funny saying anything and still look cool). A little rom-com mixed with a little unexpected sci-fi, and a whole lotta honest storytelling made this movie work for me in a big way. More than anything, I loved the message. This isn’t a perfect movie (if you read some of the reviews, which I only did in preparation of this blog, your snarky, cynical inner-critic may never let you watch this – but watch it anyway). It was well worth 123 minutes of my life. And that’s what it’s all about – the time of your life. How are you spending it? How are you experiencing it? What are you leaving behind? I don’t know about you, but I think those are questions worth sitting with for a bit.
The Way – I left this movie feeling totally inspired. If you can’t find me, you might try looking on El Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James), as I am itching to go and it has been prominently placed on my bucket list. This nearly 500 mile pilgrimage stretching from St. Jean-Pied-du-Port near Biarritz in France to Santiago was the setting for Emilio Estevez’ directorial coup d’etat (in my humble opinion), starring his father Martin. As you can imagine, The Way, served as much as a metaphorical journey as it did a literal one, changing each character with every step (although admittedly, I wished a couple of the characters changed more quickly – but isn’t that like life?!). This movie isn’t a light-hearted fun experience like About Time, but it begs the same kind of questions – maybe at an even deeper level. I suspect this movie leaves every person grappling with their own set of questions, but for me, it left me marinating on: “Are you the person you want to be on this journey?” and “Are the choices you’re making supporting that?”
So tonight, or this weekend, make some popcorn, cuddle up under a nice cozy blanket, stream one of these movies…and think about how you’re spending your time along your way.
We’re all traveling through time together every day of our lives. All we can do is do our best to relish this remarkable ride. – Tim Lake, About Time
©OnStage Leadership, 2014
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