My Favorite Holiday Movie

Typically, I am not a fan of computer generated movies. However, there have been a small handful to date that I think are absolutely brilliant. The 2019 release of The Lion King fits into that category with it’s amazing realness and wonderful storytelling.

In 2004, when expanded use of CG was still in its’ relatively early stage, The Polar Express was released…and it was pure magic on the big screen. I loved it from the get-go. The production was thoughtfully crafted, and it had a message that actually means something significant. It taps into the heart and mind of what it means to be a human being, and the value of personal imagination and belief. Without these two humanistic qualities we would be automatons.

Fifteen years later, Irene and I still watch this movie at home every year and its’ magic never fades. Everyone has something that puts them in the magical spirit of the Holidays, and this one is mine.

Believe.

How Long Does it Take to Catch a Fish?

I started writing an essay yesterday about the artistic and creative influence my mom has had on my life. As is most always the case when I write, recalling the events which lead to the point of my essay, I find that the recall of memories keep growing as I ponder.

When I started writing the essay, I had originally planned to publish by today, but then was reminded of a phrase that my friend Drew used to say…’How long does it take to catch a fish?’ The answer is, there is no answer. One doesn’t know. It happens when it happens. One cannot rush art. One should also not segment art, but that the act of segmenting art is for another post on a different day.

I therefore allowed myself after writing more about mom today, to save the Draft and wait until the essay itself is ready to publish. I cannot and should not publish the essay if it is not ‘ready’. I’m also careful to avoid perfectionism here because there is no perfect essay. However, setting something ‘down’ and allowing it to simmer is probably often a good thing for us all to practice.

So perhaps this is something we could all do today. Allow the simmering process to occur more often than not. Sounds to me like this idea could be a good entry point for a calmer day.

Opportunity

I read a good book years ago that included the phrase ‘Everybody, everything, and all the events in your life are there because you have put them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you’.

Faith aside, this phrase and the book’s overarching message got me thinking… a lot. Those around us, what we do, who we interact with, outcomes of our actions, everything, is an action result of cause and effect. Whether it be ‘self’ free will, or bestowed free will, we have choices in our lives that will work to shape an outcome.

Let me bring this to the here and now. What choices am I going to make today to help shape a desirable outcome? Now, focus that same question to yourself. The desirable outcome doesn’t always need to be for ourselves, and it shouldn’t be anyway. We have the opportunity to help and serve others, each and every day. That alone is exciting.

Everybody, everything, and all the events in your life are there because you have put them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you.

I’m Just Not Sure this is Good for Us

We live in an incredible time. Opportunity is everywhere and we have access to almost everything we desire. Computational technology is growing at an exponential rate, doubling approximately every 18 months. Astounding yes, this level of advancement, yet it is difficult to wrap your head around it. But I wonder what we will do with it all? I wonder where it will take us.

The future is exciting and frightening at the same time. I’m sure every generation has pondered the same sentiment, but not every generation has had access into potentiality of the human psyche as we are entering now. Where Will We Go?, a new essay found in the Musings tab, brings to light some challenges and ethical issues that our future selves will face.

I have always embraced technology, but I pause now and find myself thinking twice about where we will go with it.