"To give up yourself without regret is the greatest charity." ~Bodhidharma

Week 14 – Take me to the movies!!

What a wonderful week this was….cement is falling all over the place!  Great revelations are happening everyday.  As long as you are the ultimate observer and willing to step out of that comfort zone into the light, the possibilities are endless.

step into light

We had the great opportunity to spend New Year’s Eve with our niece.  There were so many laughs and moments of sheer bliss to bring up, BUT there are two moments that are worth mentioning.  We talk about how in our giving we receive far more than we give.  This was so true about our adventures.

Every year for their birthdays our nieces and nephews get the opportunity to spend a weekend with us.  This is something that my aunts did for my brothers and sister and I when we were young and we wanted to carry on the tradition.  So this year for one of our nieces she chose to see the Harlem Globetrotters.  So as the dutiful aunt and uncle we indulged her with surprises and souvenirs.  She was so appreciative and grateful.  How do I know, she actually told us.  The sheer joy of watching her laugh, cheer and be in the moment were well worth the gift.


The fact that she was willing to share her gratitude multiple times was heartwarming.  So the point of this short recap was more around a young, preteen willing to share her gratitude, unsolicited, is precisely how we should all be.

That night we also went to go see “Into the Woods”, Dan was obliging to our niece (and me as well).   If you know nothing about the premise of this musical made into a movie is that the first act or portion of the movie is the fairy tale characters were all granted their wishes.  Now, were those their true hearts desire or were they a fleeting wish of the moment?  Were these well thought out, planned wishes?  They may have seemed to have been, but there was no plan as to how they were going to achieve these dreams and wishes.

For instance, Cinderella was looking for a way out of her father’s house that was far, far away from her evil Stepmother and Stepsisters.

Evil steps

Her life was far from what she wanted it to be.  She dreamed of a beautiful life where she wasn’t amongst the cinders and treated in a sub-human manner.  All she wanted to do was go to the ball to meet the Prince.  Meet the Prince she did….after 3 nights of contemplation at the ball and running away from what her dream was, she finally took the leap of faith and married the Prince.

Marry Prince

In the second half of the movie (or the 2nd Act), we come to find out that when the tough times hit, the Prince isn’t everything she hoped he would be.  Her dreams begin to diminish.   But what happened????  Her dreams had come true and she was living in paradise, right? RIGHT?  WRONG!!!

Her dreams may have been there all along, she may have known what she wanted, but there was one thing missing, A PLAN!!  She didn’t know how she was going to get where she wanted to be.  Where was her DMP?  Where was her POA?  She had none….ok, I know, this is a movie, but hello, there are other movies that most certainly have these elements to them.


Actually we re-watched Door to Door….it was so good last year that it was worth re-watching again this year.

Door to Door

And another flashback is the review that we wrote of the movie last year.  It was worth repeating as well:


As the next couple of weeks go on, the other movies will be a part of our viewing pleasure as well.  So excited to continue to watch as our journeys change as each of your journeys change as well.

Keep Shining!!

Dan and Jeanna

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  • Great R2A2 with the Cinderella story, and the gratefulness of the niece at the ball game, what a special day for your family! Peace.

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