There is a time for risky love. There is a time for extravagant gestures. There is a time to pour out your affections on one you love. And when the time comes – seize it, don’t miss it. – Max Lucado
Love is often depicted as a flowery, happy emotion. Characters in movies fall into it with a single glance and are willing to give up all other commitments to follow its call. People break off relationships because the feelings are gone. Even some of the symbols of love (hearts, pink, flowers, etc.) seem a bit frivolous.
There is a sweet and joyous side to love. As a romantic, I am prone to see the world that way at times. There is nothing wrong with the tingling emotions when holding someone’s hand or making valentines for a special person. All of this is one important aspect of love.
However, there is more than just that. Love is also a choice, not just an emotion. We have to make the decision to care for others even when we are annoyed or respect others even when we disagree. These decisions are difficult and can hurt. Still, they show true love – more so than the fabled true love’s kiss from Snow White.
This film explores what a world without emotions, choice, diversity, and memories might appear.
61. The Giver
This novel by Lois Lowry has long been one of my favorites. Going into this film frightened me because I loved the book so much. The depth of the novel seemed like something that the cinema could never capture. However, my mother stated her love of the film after viewing it at my new job. From the first minute, the actors and script captured my attention. Although not exactly the same as the novel, this movie has the same central message and heart. Plus, it helped me to realize more clearly the theme of emotions being repressed because of the pain that they cause. This convinced me to write about the movie for Media Monday.
Synopsis: Imagine a world with no discrimination, worry, pain, danger, or bad decision making. That probably sounds perfect. Jonas has lived his whole life in such a place. However, when the teenager becomes the receiver who holds all past memories, he realizes his life for what it truly is – a prison where no one can make choices or feel true emotions. What is worse, the pain from the past or the half-life of the present? Jonas must decide not only for himself but those that he loves. Continue reading →
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
So often, we look at the past and beat ourselves up over mistakes that we made or things that we missed out on doing. If I only responded this way instead, if only I hadn’t been so stupid, if only I had another chance…
These thoughts haunt me every day. However a great blogger, Suzie81 Speaks, recently posted Things I’m Glad I Didn’t Do which looked back and saw the wisdom in past actions. This idea encouraged me. What if we were thankfully instead of guilt-ridden by our life? So here is a list of some of the things I am thankful I never did.
Lately, I have been thinking a great deal about this blog and how to better serve all who read, share, and follow it. What better way to find out what you want and do not want than to ask you directly? Thus, here are a few polls which I would love you to answer so that I can better gauge what you like, dislike, and need from this blog.