By now you are probably all feeling a bit frazzled by all the politicking, divisiveness and living with the pandemic day in and day out. So as a service to you, my faithful and amazing readers, Doc and I screened two very uplifting movies (documentaries) over the weekend and I have given both of them five paws. The first movie was called A Most Beautiful Thing and the other one was titled Won’t You Be My Neighbor. Both films left us feeling uplifted because they are stories of optimism and display the best of humanity, something we need more of right now.
A Most Beautiful Thing was released in July of 2020 and is a story about the first African American rowing team that raced together 20 years ago. Many of the young men were in rival gangs from the west side of Chicago, but this sport that none of them had ever participated in brought them together and changed the course of their lives. In 2019 they got back together as a team again, but this time they invited officers from the Chicago Police Department to train and race with them. It is a powerful example about how being willing to break down barriers and come together can change the stereotypes we have about each other.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor is about my favorite cardigan – wearing Fred Rogers. Doc told me that his philosophy about the importance of teaching children about empathy and acceptance for themselves and others was a ground breaking series and ran for over 30 years. Introducing the importance of allowing children to talk about and honor difficult feelings and subjects, he not only spoke to children but also to the child that still lives inside all of us adults.
Doc has always known the importance of being careful about what we consume. Whether it be through social media, TV, or allowing negative people into out lives. What we expose ourselves to often sets the tone for what we think of ourselves and and who we become. So I will leave you with some wise words from Fred Rogers; ” The media shows the tiniest percentage of what people do. There are millions and millions of people doing wonderful things all over the world, and they’re generally not the ones being touted in the news.”
Take care until next time!