Oh my! It has now been two days and I can't shake this good feeling off of me. I need to share this with others or I will explode.
Do you know the feeling I'm talking about?
I hope your answer to this question is 'yes' because this is a good feeling and good feelings are a great way to live.
Is it maybe strange to read how I express myself: why should I shake a good feeling off of me? Milk it as long as you can, right? I believe my reaction to what happened will become clear as I tell you more about it.
It was Sunday evening, I was not feeling very well it had been a lazy day and the evening was not looking promising. (This alone could have already been a cue that the stage was clear for a surprise because that often the way things go).
As I was looking for something to watch on Netflix I come across this movie called 'A beautiful day in the neighborhood', starring Tom Hanks, which could be my kind of movie. In general, I strongly dislike movies that scare you with images of violence, danger, impendent drama, I believe they are really bad for mental hygiene.
I watched the trailer and I got intrigued: a quiet atmosphere and interesting character were portraited. So I start to watch the film and I don't know yet exactly why but I like it. It is quite slow, my partner falls asleep and we end up watching something else, however, I keep thinking about the movie, it felt something important was about to be said when we stop watching.
I actually had that feeling during the all movie and sure enough, a lot of simple but poignant things are said during the entire movie. At the first opportunity I had, I look the rest of the movie.
Now, this may sound like the experience of someone watching a thriller with surprises and cliff hangers, but this movie is really a different kind. You could say that there are emotional cliff hangers in the sense that you find yourself feeling what the character feels and hoping someone would talk to you the way Mr. Rogers talks to Lloyd in the movie. Alternatively, as it happened to me, you start to wish you could talk to people like that, convey such compassion, acceptance, and inclusion.
Wouldn't be nice to be able to be a bit like Mr. Rogers?
The story of this man, that really existed and really was as depicted in the movie, has activated me. I don't want to be theatrical and say that this movie has changed me forever, but surely is difficult to get angry at the children since watching the movie and in general negative or judgmental thinking leave me really sad and unsatisfied.
The best way to share this experience with you, besides telling you about my own journey, is to share something, so here you have a taste of Fred Rogers.
Think for 1 minute to those that loved you into being.
And then in the words of Tom Hanks.
And of course the trailer of the film I strongly suggest to watch.
He was trying to give the world positive ways to deal with their feelings.
If you don't have Netflix and still want to watch it, it is possible to rent or buy the film also on YouTube.