I finally got around to seeing "Beasts Of The Southern Wild," a stunning film about love, pride, loyalty and survival. It has been a long while since a movie has affected me so deeply. Benh Zeitlin's film is a beautiful and powerful achievement, and I can't recommend it enough.
There's a lot to take away from this movie, but the one line that resonated and continues to replay over and over in my mind is, "Learn how to take care of those smaller and sweeter than you are."
In light of recent events, that line reverberated in a deafening way. The words "smaller" and "sweeter" paint a somewhat obvious picture. But they can also mean so much more.
We all have our personal obstacles that stymie our progress in achieving our ultimate goal---happiness. With just a few days left in the year, it's a perfect time to reconsider the importance of those obstacles. Look around you, read a newspaper, watch the news. See how long it takes for you to see someone worse off than you are.
"Smaller and sweeter" can just as well be "lost and lonely" or "older and delicate" or "sensitive and cranky," or simply "unhappy."
We are all trying. But we can try harder. Find something that makes you happy and hold onto it like a most precious jewel, because it is. You will not be better off without it.
"Learn to take care of those smaller and sweeter than you are."