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A Little Perspective and A Little Nudge...
on January 3, 2011
I had the pleasure of seeing this film at a preview Michael Jr. did a few months ago. The film made me laugh hard like I expected, but it also provoked alot of questions and emotions that I wasn't necessarily expecting. I remember Michael Jr. talking after the film was over and challenging us to take a look around ourselves and see what kinds of simple ways that we could be of help/service to someone in need. He brought up the fact that sometimes we hold ourselves back from reaching out to others because we overcomplicate things by thinking through all the "what if's". Other times we disqualify ourselves because we don't see ourselves as having the time or resources to make a "real" impact. I walked away from Michael Jr's film with a stirring inside to be more aware of the every day needs around me, and a greater willingness to act if/when the opportunity presented itself.
It wasn't a week later that I was having a conversation with a friend who mentioned that he hadn't had the chance to stay on top of some projects at home due to a difficult time their family was going through. I remember listening to this and sympathizing with his situation before moving on with our conversation. I didn't think about it again until the next morning when it hit me that this was an opportunity to step in and take care of a need. I'm not that handy of a person and home improvements is not something that I have much experience with (or particularly enjoy), but I knew that it was something I could do and would be a help to this family. So I took the initiative to approach my friend and come up with a plan of action. I pulled a few others together and we ended up taking a day to paint a few rooms in their house before the holidays. It was pretty easy and it felt really good to help.
Thanks to Michael Jr. for taking risks to do this film and show the rest of us that The Road Less Traveled is a road we can walk too. For me, a little perspective and a little nudge went a long way.