Midnight In Paris

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'Eiffel Tower' photo (c) 2011, Kimberly Vardeman - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/I came down with strep throat last week.  Not much fun for getting anything done…except for watching a few movies that I’d been wanting to see for a while. Rest has been good for me.  I’m still coughing, but I’m actually getting some sleep thanks to the codeine.

But I watched movie last night called Midnight in Paris.  I’d heard good things about it, that it was about a writer, about the creative process.  It turned out being a pretty good movie that I would recommend.  It can be a little slow, but all in all I think it was a pretty good story.

I think the thing I got most out of it was about living in the present.  What happens is this writer, Gil, goes walking around Paris in the evenings to help the creative juices start flowing.  Somehow he’s transported back to different eras and meets some of history’s greatest artists, like Hemmingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Picasso and Gertrude Stein.  And through the course of spending several evenings with these people, he learns that while living in the past may be fun for a while, it’s really all just a distraction from what’s actually going on in your lives.

Gil starts to enjoy this life in the past and is really only living his real life just to pass the time until he can make his way back to Paris in the 20s.

There’s a song that I love by Sara Groves called Painting Pictures of  Egypt.  “I’ve been painting pictures of Egypt, leaving out what it lacks ’cause the future feels so hard and I don’t want to go back.  But the places that used to fit me cannot hold the things I’ve learned.  And those roads were closed off too me while my back was turned.”

Really what I want us to think about is our past.  It’s over.  There were awesome things we did, and there were horrible mistakes we made. We can’t change what we did or who we were back then.  The only thing we have any sort of control is right here and right now.  Living in the present is going to be the only way you’re ever truly going to feel fulfilled.

Your mission for the week?

Be Present. 

How are you going to be present this week?

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