Mind Food

What Will It Take?

“Driven by the forces of love, the fragments of the world seek each other so that the world may come to being.” -Teilhard de Chardin

In today’s post we want to share a moving, Oscar-winning short film called Stutterer. On the surface the film is about a young man with a speech impediment, but on deeper level the film is about the power of desire to open us up, to become more visible rather than remain small and anonymous. We hope you take 12 minutes to watch and let the story somehow steep in your mind/heart. Feeding ourselves is not merely about calories in. As the writer Barry Lopez once said, “Sometimes we need a story more than food to stay alive.”

As you watch, keep these thoughts in mind: All of us carry burdens–each unique and particularly suited for the conditions that could potentially facilitate our opening to the full expression of our humanity. As you give yourself permission to see yourself as the main character, ask yourself the following: What is holding me back?  What will get me to cross the street?


2 replies on “What Will It Take?”

Fear. Insecurity. But mostly not facing our fears – will stop anyone from moving forward in any aspect of life. It will stop us from “crossing that street”.
What a great short film! It shows – you can take one step at a time to overcome your limitations.
One of my best friend’s growing up stuttered. He was physically attractive and a super nice guy. Never dated. I introduced him to one of my female best friends… it took a while but he trusted me and finally agreed. They hit it off and two children and 25 years later, they are happily married. As for his career – he did not overcome his fear and although they are comfortable – he greatly limited himself.
The main factor in allowing himself to meet a girl – was that he trusted someone (me) to have his back. To open him up to something new. Mainly, someone new. Yet another reason some of us fail – we try to do things on our own, with our own thought patterns that were created while growing up. We need to be open-minded to allow ourselves every chance to get it right.

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