I’m one of those people who can watch the same movie a billion times and feel the emotions of the scenes like it were my first. When I dine, I savor every bite as if it were the last on my plate. I love to listen to music I can feel in my soul lyrically and musically. I have a passion for experiencing the depth of everything that occurs around me.
It’s easy to forget to sink into the details of enjoyment in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the day-to-day. Many of us overlook the journey in pursuit of the end-goal. We allow ourselves to become engulfed in sorrow and responsibility other than being captivated by all the wonder this life has to offer.
One of the movies I tend to watch repeatedly is Collateral Beauty starring Will Smith. In the film, the character played by the fabulous Helen Mirren warns a woman to not miss the collateral beauty in the midst of the dread of losing her daughter. Needless to say, it’s a perplexing statement to make to someone with a dying young child. What beauty could there be in such loss? I won’t ruin the film, but it turned out to be much.
While I’ve never lost a child, I have experienced loss and even in that I was able to find myself pleasantly captivated by what resulted. Funerals can be quite beautiful – people coming together celebrating the life of a loved one. One could even find benefit in abandonment as many who are tend to learn a great deal of independence and self-love from that type of loss. In the losing of material things, we are often forced to learn the importance of companionship. In the process of dying, there are many who learn to enjoy life that much more.
In the end, it’s a choice to live on this level. I do my best to remember to choose it everyday.