I love going to the movies. For an hour and a half or two hours, I like to sit in the dark and just escape.
I like to laugh.
I like to think.
I don’t even mind crying from time to time.
But when I go to the movies, I LOVE to be inspired.
Some of the most inspirational moments in my life have come while watching a movie.
Some that quickly come to mind:
• Braveheart inspired me to be passionate: “Every man dies, not every man really lives.”
• Invictus inspired me to take responsibility for my destiny: “I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.”
• Bull Durham inspired me to be classy: “You’ll never make it to the bigs with fungus on your shower shoes. Think classy, you’ll be classy. If you win 20 in the show, you can let the fungus grow back and the press will think you’re colorful. Until you win 20 in the show, however, it means you are a slob.”
The absolute best is when I’m inspired out of the clear blue sky.
This recently happened when I saw Act of Valor, the Navy Seal adventure film. I was introduced to an amazing letter from the Native American leader Tecumseh.
I HAD to share this. (The wonderfully great part, I don’t need to frame this up in any shape, form or fashion. It speaks for itself):
Code to Life
“…live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.
“Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none.
“When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.
“When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.”