We watched a movie last night the our friend Netflix recommended for us.
It gets pretty mixed reviews and while there were plenty of sweeping generalizations, cliched (and possibly insulting) stereotypes, and overly-architected (predictable and contrived) relationships, we both appreciated the general sentiment and the interesting style in which it was shot.
Told-before story of a (early) middle-aged man, faced with the sad reality that he’s passively watching his life pass him by; he’s jolted into ‘finding what it is that makes people happy.’ Got it.
Through his journey he captures the following lessons- they’re scribbled into his notebook, which is projected over the scene- here is what he had to share- some good little nuggets in here:
Making comparisons can spoil your happiness
A lot of people think happiness means being richer or more important
Many people only see happiness in their future
Sometimes happiness is not knowing the whole story
Avoiding unhappiness is not the road to happiness
Happiness is answering your calling
Happiness is being loved for who you are
Fear is an impediment
Happiness is knowing how to celebrate
If you want it, take it
Happiness is feeling completely alive
Listening is loving
Nostalgia is not what it used to be