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The Fog

Two of my daughters and I went to see a movie yesterday – “The Fog” – awesome movie…. perfect for setting the mood for Halloween.

About ten minutes into it, after I’d already had two jump-in-my-seat moments, an unusual thought entered my mind. Watching a movie is kind of like life. Before you think the fog entered my brain, let me explain.

When you pay to see a movie, not to mention the popcorn, Coke, and Raisinettes that you HAVE to have, you want to enjoy every single minute of it. There’s no rewind button, so there’s no going back. You’ve got one shot to make the most of it.

Sure, there’ll be people who don’t act the way you want them to. Like the nuts who talk out loud to the people on the screen. Um, they can’t hear you, dude. Or the wanderers who get up and roam…or the cell phone whores….or the man with the biggest head on the planet who sits right in front of you.

You have to keep your eye on the reason you’re there in the first place – to enjoy the movie. We can’t worry about every move of everyone else, if we do we might just miss something much more important. And as we already know, there’s no rewind….no going back….so if we miss it – it’s gone.

Some parts of the movie will be better than others. Some will make you cry, some will make you laugh, some will scare the bejesus out of you. But they’ll all make you feel alive.

Finally, when watching a movie, we shouldn’t get caught up worrying about what’s going to happen next. It’s far better to just enjoy each moment as it happens rather than looking right past it to the next. And whatever we do, we should never worry about how it’s going to end. Why dismiss the entire film by thinking of the last frame?

We should stay focused on each scene and never miss a moment or take one for granted. That’s true of movies, too.

Make each scene count double,

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