The way to love someone
is to lightly run your finger over that person's soul
until you find a crack,
and then gently pour your love into that crack.
~Keith Miller

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Talkin' 'bout that Green Lantern

Yeah ... I saw it yesterday ... and today ... and now I'm going to write a few notes on it. I liked the movie.

There's some pretty cool flying in the movie. I really liked the flying ... both the aircraft and the Lantern's flying. No cheesy cape ... well the cape is kinda cool, but the green contrail is cooler. "The one thing I do know how to do is fly." Pilot's are going to like this movie.

I really liked how the sub story was developed. The idea of being "only human" was presented and I can relate to that ... sometimes I want to cut myself too much slack because, well, I'm only human and replete with all the frailties ... well not all, more like the frailty du jour. The movie was basically about addressing fear The notion of fear as voraciously feeding on fears and growing stronger with each "will" which was overcome with fear. Fear paralyzing one's ability to act as a successful "will" would require. Fear overcoming our constructs as our will stumbles ... giving way to defeat. "If for once you don't quit something you care about, what's the worst thing that can happen?" ... what a great question. It seems like fear encourages us to live very small lives ... tiny lives ... cramped lives, because they are not big enough for who we were meant to be.
There seemed to be bunches of spiritual connotations ... like this; "... you've been given so much, so often ..." suggesting ...
From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. ~ Luke 12:48

The idea of inducing fear in a person as a means of disabling them is explored ... terror as a weapon ... they suggest that it is a weapon that corrupts the wielder of the weapon, who is equally vulnerable to the ravages of fear.

"You are afraid to admit that you are afraid." ... we are vulnerable, but that doesn't make us weak. It's not an absence of fear that makes one an overcomer ... rather courage in the face of adversity. What might have been considered the primary weakness ... "I'm only human" ... was the very quality that saved the day. During the time that I've been making notes here, the past couple of years, I've noticed something that I am pretty sure is true ... It's right to be who you really are ... Be a strong version of yourself.

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9

In the movie, the idea of being born to fulfill a destiny was a theme. I believe we are somewhat destined to play a role in one another's lives and in a story larger then the life we see ourselves living. The invisible ebb and flow of life moves us in and out of the lives around us ... strangers may briefly touch dialing back pain ... enhancing perspectives ... offering just that little tiny tweak that makes all the difference. It's not as epic a story as saving the planet, but it can make a world of difference as the results are magnified over time. Being self conscious or afraid of saying the wrong thing ... doing the wrong thing ... making a mistake ... misses opportunities to make a difference. Our egos seem like a perfect portal for a major injection of fear. I think each of us is perfectly suited to play the role we were born to play. Fear seeks to keep us from being the best version of ourselves.  Actively addressing our fears provides opportunity for growth I think.

What is a hero? Maybe it is someone who stands between you and what you fear ... keeping you safe. Maybe it is someone who extends a hand pulling you up to face your fears. Maybe it's someone who holds up a mirror which allows you to see a courage and strength reflected there.

Green Lantern ... Surprisingly cool.

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