Silver Linings and My Little Corner of the World

My son Chris recently suggested that I see the movie The Silver Linings Playbook. He was not sure if I would be comfortable going to a movie by myself but that is not a problem for me so I went to the movie last weekend. I have some bad news and good news comments about the movie.

Bad news: the language is awful (or at least to me awful). Whereas I truly understand in certain situations the need for profanity, it seemed overdone to me and if the comment is well everyone really talks like that, then I am living in a very sheltered world. I prefer my world. I do not like that much profanity.

Good news: The movie was wonderful…..solid acting…..good script… encouraging with a non-traumatic ending. I do not like movie endings that are grossly sad. This stems I think from my mother taking me and my brother as children to see Walt Disney’s Old Yeller which I assume everyone knows is a movie about a boy and his dog and at the end of the movie, the boy has to SHOOT HIS DOG who is infected with rabies.

I remember getting hysterical in the movie theater…..sobbing and crying and my poor mother was trying to console me which was impossible to do  and she was probably at that point wondering why she ever took us to that movie.

What was Walt Disney thinking–a children’s movie where they shoot the dog at the end????? And the boy has to shoot his own dog? Augghghghghgh–Somebody in management had a screw loose in his/her head. I do not care if the book won awards… Walt should have never made that movie.

I need to go on record that I never took Chris to see Old Yeller.

Anyway, The Silver Linings Playbook was very good. It was a cross between a light drama with touches of a romantic comedy and you found yourself rooting for the characters. I do not often see movies that I think to myself I could see this again but it was one of those movies that could qualify as such. (Movie Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lj5_FhLaaQQ)

Bad News: sometimes I struggle a bit with romantic movies as I can come out feeling a bit more isolated……seeing on screen people falling in love makes me sometimes struggle with my singleness.

Good News: I walk out of a movie like this and think well if those two highly dysfunctional people could find some happiness, then maybe I could too. So, there must be hope for me.

My mother had many sayings and some were ones she used as the disciplining parent such as “your troubles are your own fault” and “you made your bed now you lie in it” but the one I treasure the most and that I hold on to now is “I cannot do anything about the world but I can brighten up my little corner of the world.”

It has become another one of my life principles along with the ones associated with The Boat (2012-11-15 To Walk on Water, You Gotta First Get Out of the Boat). As I step out of the boat to try new things, I also look for ways to brighten up my little corner of the world which is why The Silver Linings Playbook suited me so well….as the main character, Pat, says: “This is what I believe to be true…you have to do everything you can and if you stay positive, you have a shot at a silver lining.”

So, here’s to the possibilities of silver linings…..and opportunities to brighten up my little corner of the world and to a son who provides both for me.

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