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Lessons Learned from Movies
by Crystal O'Gorman

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Movies are more than just entertainment to me. They define humanity through emotion, intellect and creativity. Movies are a great way to see through another lens, and try out different perspectives and opinions; you may even be surprised when a movie changes something about you. It gives you an opportunity to grow. Here are some quotes and lessons I've learned with the help of the Big Pictures.

Holiday (2006)

Iris, in the movies we have leading ladies and we have the best friend. You, I can tell, are a leading lady, but for some reason you are behaving like the best friend.

I still use this quote in my life. Any time that I get caught up in the day to day grind and forget that I am in control of my destiny, I have to remind myself that I'm the leading lady in my life!

Kung Fu Panda (2008)

Old Proverb says that Yesterday is History, Tomorrow is a Mystery, and Today is a Gift, That's why it's called the Present.

I've seen this movie a dozen times, but only this week, as I was flipping channels, did I hear this quote. I guess I really needed it. I'm trying to overcome worry and live in the moment. I know I am not alone in this
battle, so I hope this gives you the inspiration to live in the now as it does me.

The King's Speech (2010)

Lionel Logue: [about his father] He's not here anymore.

King George VI: Yes he is. He's on the shilling I gave you.

Lionel Logue: Easy enough to give away. You don't have to carry him around in your pocket. Or your brother.

Great Movie and what a great line about letting go.

We all carry baggage: a difficult relationship, tragic circumstances, a sad childhood, or even being the victim of abuse or neglect. Whatever the situation was, it is simply that: was.

It is history and the only one holding you victim to the situation is you. Let go and you can uncover strength as mighty as a king!

Gulliver's Travels (2010)

There's no small jobs, just small people.

This line hit home a couple of weeks ago. I was in a situation where I felt belittled for my choices to be a SAHM and work only part-time freelance gigs. It made me feel like all my time spent on education was a loss, just because someone felt superior to me with their 9-5 corporate title. And then I hear this line....

I am dedicated to the
most important job of my life: raising my son. I also find time in my hectic schedule of chasing a toddler to still do what I love. That is an accomplishment within itself. It's not about the job or the title, it's about being the best you, you can be! And not letting egotistical people stand in the way.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004 (Can you tell how much I like this movie?)

Constantly talking isn't necessarily communicating.

I am reminded of this any time me and my husband get in one of those endless arguments, you know the ones that are about everything and nothing at the same time. We are chirping away without resolution, because no one is really listening. It takes listening, understanding, and talking to communicate effectively.

I could die right now, Clem. I'm just... happy. I've never felt that before. I'm just exactly where I want to be.

Have you ever had one of these types of moments? I have.

I was in South Africa watching my husband play with my baby while lying on the beach. I felt love, joy, peace, beauty, and most of all, happiness.

How happy is the blameless vestal's lot? The world forgetting by
the world forgot. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind, each prayer accepted and each wish resigned.

I love this! You can never learn to be a better person without making mistakes. Mistakes make us stronger; they help us grow to be the fulfilled, well rounded person you are meant to be.

I don't need nice. I don't need myself to be it, and I don't need anybody else to be it at me.

This is so true. I hate it when someone is obviously faking it. I mean, if you cannot be genuinely nice, don't say anything at all.

But the person who is the most "nice" to you is you. Think about how many times you've lied to yourself and convinced yourself that everything is okay when it's really not.

To be your authentic self and to truly be happy, you have to be honest. Honest with yourself and honest with others. Not mean, honest. It's the only way to also achieve freedom.

I hope these quotes and my experiences will help you along this journey we call life. It doesn't end here though. Every movie you watch has a message just waiting to be revealed.

Let it unveil something in your life. Let entertainment mean fulfillment. I promise that you won't regret it.

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May 26, 2011 3:06 PM
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May 26, 2011 3:29 PM
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his is my last column for MatchFlick.com.

Thank you to all my readers and all the wonderful people who I've met along the way! And a special thank you to Tim for giving me this wonderful opportunity!

This is bittersweet for me, but I know I am moving forward in my writing career. To keep up with me and my writing, follow me on Twitter @crystalwrites.

Happy viewing!

And let peace and happiness be with you and your family.
May 26, 2011 5:07 PM
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Sorry to see you go, Crystal. I always enjoyed reading your column.
Jul 18, 2011 1:54 PM
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Thanks Tim!
Mike Thomas
May 26, 2011 9:54 PM
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We'll miss your insight. Every other Thursday will have a huge, gaping hole with your departure.

Happy Trails!
Jul 18, 2011 1:54 PM
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Mike, you're so kind :)

Please catch up with me on Facebook or Twitter (@crystalwrites)

Take care!

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Other columns by Crystal O'Gorman:

Without Conventions in Waiting for Forever

127 Hours

Kid Movies

Children of Men...'Nuff Said!

The Yin-Yang of Perfectionism and the Black Swan

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Crystal O'Gorman
I am a big dreamer from a small town searching for the meaning of life and using movies as a window of opportunity to understand the world around me. I remember working at the local, family-operated movie store as a teenager and being completely fascinated by the way movies bring the rest of the world to your finger tips.

If you have a comment, question, or suggestion, you can send a message to Crystal O'Gorman by clicking here.

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