“So if a person lives many years, let him rejoice in them all; but let him remember that the days of darkness will be many.” Ecclesiastes 11:8
I am a visual learner and thinker. I am very moved by God’s creation, the world of photography, graphic design, interior design, colors, textures and art.
I am also a ‘Word Person’. I am very affected by words, both good and evil.
Conversations turn into either a picture in my head, or a turn of phrase. I am an associative thinker and one line of talk or thinking an lead to a million other ones, all connected in my head and very random for the people listening to me!
All this, to say that a good movie with inventive cinematography, and a beautiful story line, can affect me more than a book can, at times, because it speaks to my soul on so many levels and makes my neurotransmitters light up.
The movie, Secretariat, is one of those life-inspiration movies that voiced a growing theme in my own life, and that is to find and embrace the “gift-end” of the things that come my way. Sometimes current circumstances may seem impossible, disastrous, or even dangerous, but there is always the “gift-end” of that part of the journey, that helps me in enumerable ways.
There’s a scene, early in the movie, when Secretariat’s owner, Penny Chenery, is at the brink of total financial disaster. She believes Secretariat, her race horse, has winning potential, but if she is wrong, her family could come to ruin. The risks are staggering, but her visionary thinking, and faith in something greater than mortal scenarios carry the day. Her statement, which gives voice to the cry of my heart, says it all:
“We will win if we can and live with it if we can’t, but you never know how far you can go unless you run. You have to run your race. I don’t care how many times they say it can’t be done. I will not live the rest of my life in regret and no matter what happens, we are going to live rejoicing every day.”
The minute those words were spoken on the movie screen, I realized that has always been my life-choice: ‘to live rejoicing every day, no matter what’. No matter the risks. I will run my race, and do it with a chosen Joy!
I hope you will join me, and run YOUR race with Joy.