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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 168 :: believing in kindness

9 Jul

Wonderment.

We just left Wonder Woman, the movie. The movie that is grossing more than Deadpool did. The movie that has women and little girls talking. The movie that was hyped to be amazing.

Not everyone I saw the movie with loved it. But, I was inspired. Not by the woman power thing (although that was great) and not by the super power thing (although entertaining) and not even by the costume thing (okay, I admit, I LOVED her boots!).

No, I was inspired by something else…. belief.


It was a theme that I felt running throughout the movie. Believing in what you are called to do. Believing in what you think is right. Believing in others. Believing in yourself.

At one point in the movie, my little niece leaned over and said, “She’s awesome” as Wonder Woman staved off bullets and guns and raced to save the villagers. As the scene continued where Wonder Woman was the only one brave enough to walk through a storm of firing shots and use her shield to defend and conquer, because she knew it was the right thing to do  –  that same niece learned over and said, “Okay, she’s really awesome!”

If a movie can do that, capture the attention of little girl even for a moment, even for a spark of admiration of strength and character and belief in oneself, then I think that’s pretty wonderful.

And maybe that’s what this movie hoopla is really about. Suspending time for just a moment to believe. Even if it is in a far-fetched CGI tale of Amazonian women warriors who are really cartoons and do only what superheroes can do in a movie.

But isn’t that what movies are supposed to do?

For just those few moments, I was inspired to believe. In love and kindness and all things that are right in this world.

(…and, of course, those boots!)

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{wonderment}
#lovemore

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Day 248: you can do anything, really. #fearless

5 Sep

Where were you…
One year ago today?

Never before in my life have I really been able to answer that question. Until now. Because of this blog.

So, here I was on Day 248 in Year One waxing on learning to surf and believe in myself.

It’s a good thing to explore isn’t it– surfing on top of a wave of confidence, a solid belief that You Can Do Anything.

And, you can.
I promise.

I really didn’t know what I was getting into last year when I started this blog and made this promise. And, do we ever really know?

Not if you sit on the bench or the beach.
Speaking of sitting on the beach…

Last week, in the final days of summer on this beautiful island, I watched a couple attempt to sail with their two young boys. The mom approached the boat with a large bag on her shoulder while watching her family get dunked and dripping wet as they attempted to board the tiny sail boat.

“What should I do with this bag?” She asked her husband, clearly the make-shift captain of this voyage.

“Don’t bring it if you don’t want it to get wet.” He commanded.

“Well, what should I do?”

“Don’t bring anything in the boat that can’t get wet.” He repeated.

“Should I bring it?” She asked again.

“Everything in that bag is going to be soaking wet.” He tried to rationalize with her again.

As I watched this unfold in slow motion before me, I thought, isn’t that always what stops us and gets in our way — the bag we carry on our back? The fear of getting wet or losing something. 

As she stood on the shore, frozen asking one more time, “What should I do?” I was pleased with the husband’s reply.

“Get in the boat.”

I’m going to remember that. I thought to myself.

Get in the boat. I wanted to jump up and cheer from my beach blanket. Sure, you might get wet, or lose a few items of baggage. But, the journey (the fun!) all happens in the boat (or surfboard or any analogy of choice). Not on the shore.

So, when I find myself waiting to make a promise or waiting to make something happen, I’m going to remember el capitan…

Get in the boat.
#fearless

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