(Painter: Mojarto- paintings on life’s mysteries)
Oscar Wilde once wrote “The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.” Since yesterday I understand that paradoxical comment…sometimes it is something right in front of us that connects us back to the universe…some flicker of recognition that solves a small mystery in our lives…like something on a film screen!
After finishing with my primary doctor’s appointment (right before noon) a sudden thought crossed my mind. Several of you blog readers had emailed or texted me how much you or your children/grandchildren loved the Disney movie Christopher Robin. The local theater had a twelve o’clock showing…if I hurried I could just make it.
As I scurried inside the movie theater, afraid I was late, I had to laugh. I was the only one in the theater. The movie has been playing for almost three weeks and the first noon showing is never a popular one…but still I had to giggle…just me and the movie screen. Until…about five minutes into the movie a family with two little girls came and sat down from me. *They were so cute…oohing and aahing over Christopher Robin’s friends – Pooh and the gang!
As soon as Pooh arrives on the scene in the movie… his most popular advice to a stressed, overworked, troubled adult, Christopher Robin, is…“Doing nothing often leads to the very best kind of something.” By the second time he says it…my mind flickers back to yesterday’s blog on doing nothing. When I got home I re-read the blog and found my own personal quote on how I was going to end my ‘nothing’ day:
…”Walk in the garden in the evening and thank God for a day in which “nothingness” included a lot of important “somethings” …like talking to Him.” (Who knew…me and Pooh!)
The whole theme of Christopher Robin involves Pooh and the gang helping Robin find himself again (as an adult) and live life to the fullest…like he had once done in 100 Acres with his childhood friends. He has forgotten how to play.
I do think this movie will become a Disney classic…(like Hollywood predicts)…it is a movie one can watch as a child and adult, while sharing the same understanding about taking time to play and imagine. It should never stop at childhood.
There are many powerful metaphors in the film…one of which is watching Christopher Robin return to his childhood “roots” through the secret tree back to a world of kindness, compassion, friendship and basic goodness of heart.
The world turns upside down with this new adventure…because now it is the animals who must save Christopher Robin from his downward spiraling professional and personal problems…whereas it once had always been Christopher Robin who rescued his furry friends from trouble as a child.
At the very end…I had to smile to myself again. The producers saved my favorite Pooh quote (that I sign off with everyday to end my blog) to end the movie the same way. A God Wink…absolutely!
It certainly was mine. In fact August 22, 2018 will go down in my journal as a “Rendez Vous with Winnie the Pooh.” (And Christopher Robin)
So until tomorrow…
The Irish poet, Oscar Wilde, started the blog and another Irish poet, John O’Donohue, will end it with this last stanza…
The Inner History of a Day
So at the end of this day, we give thanks
For being betrothed to the unknown
And for the secret work
Through which the mind of the day
And wisdom of the soul become one.
My blessing plaque arrived late yesterday afternoon and I set it up in Big Red’s pot with Little Red’s pot on top….blessings from Big Red to Little Red to continue the adventure.
Here is one mystery solved…remember the flying creature that flew into the first moon flower bloom…that strange-looking black thing?…Doodle texted and told me I was close to the right answer in suspecting (initially) that it was a hummingbird…it was actually a hummingbird moth!