Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Existence and Grace

I remember when Forest Gump came out when I was in high school. I enjoyed the movie so much that I saw it twice in the same day. That movie still has a profound effect on me and if I see it playing on TV I stop everything I am doing and watch the whole thing. The movie "BIG" gives me the same feeling. I just have to stop and watch it if it is on. Actually, come to think of it...those are both movies that star Tom Hanks in them. Weird. Even so, the thing that really hits me about these movies is the focus they have on the journey of life. And in particular how circumstances change and how we live as people come in and out of our lives. Movies can in many ways be a powerful microcosm of our existence as human beings.

One of the most unique aspects of humanity is our ability to reflect upon our existence verbally. This is a skill that no other life form has. So, in our ability to do this we have the opportunity to examine the very nature of how we live. This human ability many times defines our actions in this world. In our lives we experience so much change on a regular basis. We experience a plethora of things such as life coming into the world, people dying, graduations, weddings, reunions, and so much more. Throughout  those powerful experiences we often tend to reflect upon what happened before those experiences and what we think life will be like after those experiences. Regardless of where you land on this spectrum the one common thread is that you must live valiantly and dutifully through those times. The level of gracefulness with which you handle and move through those experiences greatly defines the man or woman that you become not only to others, but to yourself.

My favorite aspect about Tom Hanks character in Forest Gump was that regardless of all of the changes he endured in his life (death of bubba and his mom, Jenny always going away, going to war, shrimp boating, fatherhood, etc.) he continued to live a simple, thankful and grace filled life. To be exceptional at living life means one must find a balance between reverence for the past, hope and ambition for the future and peace with the present.

If you are reading this right now, it is my greatest hope during this holiday season that you have or that you will find reverence, hope and peace in your life. You might be struggling greatly right now, but know that you have the power and responsibility to end that struggle eventually by living valiantly and dutifully. Or you might be wildly successful right now, but know that you have the power and responsibility to be an example of generosity and humility. Regardless of your situation, you will ultimately be seen in a positive or negative light based on how well you live your life throughout the decades.

Your life will be like a box of chocolates...you never know what you will get so make sure that you live with dignity and grace with whatever comes your way. Happy Holidays!

Until next time...

Dr. D
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