When I came across this photograph the other day I was caught off guard by this precious mother and child. Reverentially awe struck by the image , I could only sit quietly while my eyes naturally filled with tears. Other than the obvious plight, it was the joy on their faces that renewed my spirit and the belief in things beyond what we can imagine… a body and heart expressly designed to represent …..unspeakable joy ! They are the canvas, the art of being organically spiritual , they are not the norm…instead they are the example! For their sake, I promise to be a more grateful person!
It so easy to make a child smile…. What makes you smile?
From dinner parties to Face Book quizzes, over the years I have been asked many times to share my top ten favorite movies ! For me, the movie “Braveheart” holds a consistent solid position of my top three favorite motion pictures.
Of all the great scenes in the movie , there is one in particular that grips my soul and reduces me to shameless tears every time ! It is a the scene with Robert the Bruce and his Father.
Robert the Bruce:
“I have nothing. Men fight for me because if they do not, I throw them off my land and I starve their wives and their children. Those men who bled the ground red at Falkirk, they fought for something that I never had. And I took it from him , when I betrayed him. I saw it in his face on the battlefield and its tearing me apart.
“All men betray. All men loose heart”
Robert the Bruce:
” I don’t wanna loose heart. I wanna believe as he does”
At this point in the movie I sincerely hope no one is noticing the uncontrollable floodgate of tears running down my cheeks. What goes through my mind is the overwhelming emotion and desire to be a person who continually strives to do what is right. To hold on to the highest of standards , even in the face of my own flaws and infirmities. I know just by virtue of living a life I have had moments where I abandoned my integrity , leaving behind a trail of wounded and disappointed hearts. So I often return to this scene as a reminder to endeavor and fight for a better me. To love openly and be a person of my word. And most significantly , to actively engage for all things right and of a good report. For me, that scene with Robert the Bruce becomes a seminal moment I never want to forget.
Many years ago, while sitting on a bench watching our kids play in the park , a fellow parent turned to me and asked the question , “how do you teach your children to have integrity?” I’ve pondered that question many times since. The short and obvious answer is to lead by example but further still and most importantly I think we need to allow our children, our friends and family to see humility in our lives, up close and personal. To be an authentic person who never quits and refuses to loose heart.
What favorite movie scenes speak to you?
“I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how he could look up into the heavens and say there is no God” Abraham Lincoln
For someone like me who woke up every morning of my life looking at the Pacific Ocean, I often thought nothing could ever trump the beauty of an ocean sunset. I was wrong. This is what my evening walks look like here under the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. Its truly heavenly!