So I’m opening up my emails this morning and reading blog posts from some I have been following for a couple of years and a few of my new bloggy friends. What I didn’t expect to happen was sitting at my desk with tears streaming down my face.
I opened The Seeing Space to find a powerful monologue from the movie Freedom Writers which features Hillary Swank as an English teacher in Long Beach, California in 1994. It is based on a true story about how an English teacher changed the lives of kids at Woodrow Wilson High School. After reading the monologue, I decided to look it up on YouTube to see how it was delivered. I have already made up my mind to download it and work it up for my acting portfolio. After watching the scene from the monologue, I clicked on a few more. I was not familiar with this movie when it came out in 2007, but I will make an effort to watch it in its entirety as soon as I have time and I have already downloaded the book the movie was based on The Freedom Writers Diary. A foundation was also established and is thriving today.
This movie and stories like it give me hope. It tells me, and instills in me, even more of my belief that ONE person CAN truly make a difference in the lives of others; especially when people are in such need of love. The human condition is to feel loved, accepted and to feel we matter. It shouldn’t be a daily survival of the fittest but yet it is for so many. My heart breaks for those who are in a situation where the only thing they can focus on is how to eat, where to sleep and how to stay alive another day. “There by the grace of God go I”… it could be any of us. Don’t ever assume you will never be in a situation where you will need to ask for help.
Those of us who are blessed should never take what we have for granted but always be appreciative! It doesn’t matter how bad something is in your life, there is always something to be grateful for! It can be the smallest things, but if it becomes your focus, you can learn to dwell on that instead of how bad something is. No matter how dire our own situation seems, there is always someone who is worse off than you. I promise!! Serving others and helping someone else takes the thoughts of your own circumstances away for just a little while. This is both therapeutic and gratifying! Give it a shot! You will be glad you did!
Here is the clip…… if you follow it to YouTube, click on a few others from the movie. It will change your perspective for a few minutes that can grow into hours, then days if you let it change your heart. 🙂