Less Miserable-A A +A
All In Good Time
Friday, February 1, 2013
WE FINALLY found an escape and were able to watch a movie after so long. Our sights have been set lately on our upcoming project (kiddie school) and the US visa renewal for the whole family. Nevertheless we allowed ourselves to have some "couple time" so we watched the last showing of Les Mis. While I would have enjoyed the opera more, I have been a skeptic on this movie version. I watched a lot of "plays" in New York, Las Vegas, and almost did in London, surely nothing compares.
This was different; it was more a movie than a “play". Really! The story was just too perfect, the screenplay was made very well and it was also quite long.
Why do some live miserable lives? I would guess it is all because they would like to live a life that has started the way it was. Some may say that they leave everything to the Lord or to destiny. Others also may live a miserable life because they chose to. They all continue and choose to become miserable. While some I can understand may have such miserable lives forced on them. Former men in uniform have decided to go the other way because they might have been faulted or mistreated; prompting them to begin a life that is opposite the plan they initially signed up for. Others do so because of poverty, to which I will be more understanding. But then I wonder why many would not want to turn around and change for the better. I always assumed that there is a "better plan" for every Juan. It is just the way we look at things that come our way. The miserable state in the movie has made me appreciate the life I live. Other than counting my "blessings", I choose to continue and move on. Continue serving the community in a different way. While others have veered away, I will not make setbacks defeat the purpose of why I'm still alive. The movie has also made me realize that while some of us made a mistake at some point in our lives, this doesn't mean that we continue to do so again and again. We should leave the past behind, and believe that we can change ways. Many are just afraid to jump the fence thinking that they are not worthy or just wanting to remain because they insist on the way they are and the way they used to be. Forgiving others and eventually ourselves may be hard but will surely make a lot of difference. Reflecting on Kindness brings rewards; as my wife always tells me, "there are times when it is better to be Kind than to be Right". Truly the movie showed that the kindness of Jean Valjean was far more rewarded over Javert’s obsession of being correct. A simple act of kindness can change one’s life forever while an unkind word no matter how right it may be can ruin everything. I have witnessed many arguments in real life that become nasty not because of whose right or wrong anymore but because everyone insists. So if surrendering your being right won’t cause any damage, consider being kind instead. This way you become less miserable.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 02, 2013.