Currently attention spans are miniscule, as is happiness and peace of mind. When we stick with something- see it through, have integrity, complete it, even if it’s a mood, its power over us diminishes. That’s what I did. I sat still. It was a turning point as I had been physically and mentally running everywhere.
One of my first inspirational teachers, Carolyn Myss, did that. She needed direction, and sat at a stop light watching it change from red to green to yellow several times. She was begging for a sign and then she would move. Her eyes finally focused on the medical center where her mentor, Dr. Norm Shealy was resident. The rest is history. If you don’t know her story, she began as a medical intuitive and her work with Norm was instrumental. They are colleagues to this day.
I talk about facing things, and seeing them as they are. This may not mean that we totally understand, but if we can look at something without judgement, we will get direction. Judgment (look how fickle it is it even has two acceptable spellings) is the spoiler. Hurray..out of judgement and into action! But what now, how?
~Do you know how long it takes to make a movie? And people barely have the attention to sit through them. The devices we can view them on are getting smaller and smaller. Soon enough an acceptable movie may be three minutes.
I like to get people to sit still. One of my favorite people to spend time with on this planet is my mother. She loves to have tea with no agenda. She and I can sit together til the cows come home. Can you tell I’m from Indiana? One of our secrets is we laugh a lot. Now she is in a different state of mind, doesn’t speak, and I still enjoy sitting with her. This freaks people out! It’s not hard for me, because I don’t need her to speak with words, to be other than she can demonstrate. I am grateful we are still laughing. I attribute some of this ability to my training as an actor. Actors can be very healthy people, they try on roles instead of identify with them.
I just listened to an interview between Terry Gross and Wes Andersen discussing Moonrise Kingdom since it is up for best screenplay this year at the Oscars. I am a huge fan of Wes Andersen, namely due to The Fantastic Mr Fox and Moonrise Kingdom. I like all of his films. These last 2 are complete, and that is no small feat. So, I have felt connected to his work in many ways. His opening scene in the movie, with the close and play, when I saw that I almost jumped out of my seat. I wrote a scene years ago, with a little girl and her close and play. Anyway, glad to finally see it, especially by his masterful direction.
In this interview he spoke about a situation at school that was likely very helpful to him. He got in trouble a lot and his teacher knew that he liked to put on theatrical productions. So she would encourage him. If he stayed out of trouble he could put on a production. How fantastic! I was also in trouble a lot of the time in school, especially very young, like kindergarten and first grade. It usually happened like this: I would be talking and my teacher would ask me what I was talking about. So I would say, “Herbie the love bug, or that darn cat!”, movies I had seen. I was over the moon about them. She didn’t care and punished me by making me stand in the corner. This went on and on. I didn’t understand how this wasn’t fascinating to her. There wasn’t a lot of tolerance for my brilliance and certainly not encouragement in the right direction.
By 3rd grade I was so stressed out over school even though I made good grades. My teacher that year was really concerned about me, and actually gave me a day to create an event. We were studying Hawaii, and my father had traveled there many times. I had a miumiu from one of his trips, so the class made muumuus (pronounced moo moo) and I led a day about the culture of Hawaii and my dad came in and spoke and showed …a movie. It was very satisfying. I loved that teacher, Mrs. Martindale. She had a good eye and a heart and most importantly wasn’t lazy. My first blog was all about movies. I wouldn’t critique as much as I would revere them. I wrote about many very obscure films. Although I discontinued that blog site I am still looking for its remains, because it had a ton of hits. I didn’t realize at the time how beneficial that is.