On a cold and rainy day, do you ever just feel like curling up on the couch, lighting a fire in the fireplace, popping some gourmet popcorn, and watching a movie?
Well…that was definitely me today!
What shall I watch today…comedy? No. Action? No. Drama? No…
Nothing seemed “just right.”
And then I saw these two little powerful words that spoke to me: I AM.
“That’s it!” I thought…I AM.
I AM is a documentary by Tom Shadyac. You may or may not know his name, but you’re probably familiar with his movies, which include Ace Ventura, The Nutty Professor, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, Patch Adams, and Bruce Almighty, (to name a few).
And then he suffered a “nasty concussion” as a result of a biking accident. During his recovery, he began to question his life, his priorities, and the world around us. So he set out with a film crew of four to interview authors, journalists, historians, scientists, and academics in search of answers the following questions:
- What’s wrong with our world?
- What can we do about it?
There are several lessons to be learned in this documentary. These are the ones that really spoke to me:
Together or Separate?
There is something fundamentally different between machines and life…you can disassemble a piece of machinery and put it back together and it works just fine, but you can’t disassemble a living thing and put it back together and have it work just fine.
Yet we are running our society as if we are pieces of a machine…and the world is a machine.
TRUTH MOMENT: I spent years on the hamster wheel that is corporate America. Going to work day in, day out, just doing my job…just another cog in the wheel. Many days I felt like a robot could have done my job…and I’m probably right. There was no heart…no soul…in the job.
Wealth AND Happiness vs. Wealth OR Happiness?
Our society places a high value on “stuff.” In fact, wealth and happiness are in many ways synonymous in our society. Yet “stuff” doesn’t make us any happier.
Think about it: have you ever noticed how many people are UNhappy in heir lives, even though they seem to have it all?
At any given point in our life we have a certain amount of stuff. If we had 10x more stuff, would we be 10x happier?
Society would make us believe that’s the case. Oh, and by the way, I’m a marketing professional…I’ve been making people believe they need stuff for DECADES! But I’m not alone in that venture…
- In the movie Wall Street, Gordon Gekko says the famous line: “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.”
- George Carlin had a whole sketch on “Stuff” that’s pretty funny (and not safe for work!)
- When many people get depressed or upset, they opt for “Retail Therapy.”
- And even a whole movie about consumerism, and “Keeping Up With The Joneses“
TRUTH MOMENT: I must admit, I watched this documentary right after a shopping trip to Costco…home of the “gotta have it now, and gotta have lots of it now” stuff. Even if that “stuff” is food and cleaning products my family uses on a daily basis…and some wine. 🙂 But now I’m thinking about all the times I’ve said to myself “If I only had ____, I’d be happy.” And I wasn’t.
Have a Heart!
My favorite part of the documentary is learning that we – as a human race – are HEART based. By that I mean that the heart is the access point to our higher self. What’s interesting is that the heart just might be able to predict the future. [Studies have shown that the heart knows what’s going to happen 3-5 seconds into the future.]
Because we’re all interconnected at a fundamental level, our thoughts and emotions affect the thoughts and emotions of others. What we do as individuals affects the global environment…the world we live in.
And that means that everyday acts — even small acts — can build up over time into a great movement. If you change your perceptions the world changes.
TRUTH MOMENT: Throughout the MKMMA course, I’ve been experiences changes that have been small, incremental, and nearly imperceptible (at least to me)…but the grand sum of ALL these changes has been noticed by the people closest to me.
Love is All You Need
Tom Shadyac may have set out to discover what was wrong with the world…but instead he learned what was right with it.
- The science of connection and unity.
- The universal nature of compassion and empathy.
- The mystery and magic of the human heart.
What’s wrong with the world?
[Yikes! That doesn’t feel good, does it?]
So how about what’s RIGHT with the world?
I love that! And…
All You Need Is Love. Love Is All You Need. John Lennon