Category: Inspiration

Inspiration at the Movies: Romancing the Stone

[Her publisher declares Joan to be a world-class hopeless romantic…]
“No. Hopeful. Hopeful romantic.”
  – Joan Wilder (Romancing The Stone – 1984)

Yes, Joan shows us we need to hang on to hope in life, but she also shows us that we need to live our lives to the fullest and not just wait around for our dreams to come true. Life’s adventure has taught Joan to blossom out of the shy author she was and to become the best Joan she can be – even without the one man that she dreams of sharing life with. And while she’s living, it’s not an empty existance… she still has hope. May we all hang on to and never lose that hope.


Inspiration at the Movies: Mary Poppins

“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and… snap!… the job’s a game!”
  – Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins – 1964)

I find that if you look at each task (separately) of any job on a film production – be it above- or below-the-line, it is easy to trivialize the work. A director has to remind the actors which scene preceded and follows this scene; the actors have to walk in or out of a building… the list goes on and on.

Each small task, however, is critical to a larger whole, though we can easy become bogged down in the details and forget to see the bigger picture. When sometimes I cannot see the whole purpose for all those busy little details, I reach out to Mary Poppins to remind me to make a game out of any task that I do, and so start enjoying each step of the way again. I recommend you follow her lead and enjoy the fun!


Inspiration at the Movies: Harold and Maude

“You see, Harold, I feel that much of the world’s sorrow comes from people who are this, [holding up a single, unique daisy], yet allow themselves be treated as that. [indicating a field full of daisies]”
    – Maude (Harold and Maude – 1971)

I love those bright little-daisies-in-the-grass and think of this movie moment nearly everytime I happen across such a field. May we all find the wonderful uniqueness in each other and in ourselves, then and nurture it, treasure it.


Inspiration at the Movies: LOTR

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”
 — Gandalf (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – 2001)

Another great movie moment to help when times are tough. Yeah, we’ve all heard that life isn’t fair. Life is actually neither fair nor not-fair, and yet somehow that seems wrong. We’ve grown up to learn about fairness and being fair since being a tot. What happened to fairness?

I believe that Gandalf reminds us here to put all that “fair” and “not-fair” stuff aside; see and cherish what we do have. Yes, we gotta look for work, worry about finances, all that stuff. But we also have to live our lives inspite of whatever is going on around us. This is the time that is gifted to us – even if the whole package isn’t what we expected it to be. We can at least be a little comforted that we are not alone in wanting things to be different. These times will pass – the good and the bad.

What magic are you going to make out of your life today?


Inspiration at the Movies: Silverado

“The world is what you make of it, friend. If it doesn’t fit, you make alterations” 
   —  Stella (Silverado – 1985)

This is one of my all-time favourite inspirational movie moments. Stella reminds us that no matter what life deals us, we still have the power within ourselves to take charge of our own lives… to make our own opportunities. Powerful stuff indeed. Stella is one of the great movie optimists. I try to remember her words when life is getting tough around me. It really helps.

When the candle seems dim around you, who’s inspirational words do you hear?