If my life were a movie, I would be the quirky sidekick, the nerdy friend, the sage mentor in the background who offers a shoulder, advice, and a mug of cocoa or a glass of wine to the lead character. I am Ally Sheedy, Mary Stuart Masterson, or Lee Sobieski in every movie they ever made before fading into obscurity.
The roles they played made them seen more clumsy than cool, more pokey than popular, more bookish than beautiful, but without them the lead would never find herself. They stood firm and sure of themselves while the lead floundered and struggled and got top billing. Without them there would not be a movie.
In retrospection, they are the true heroes of the movie. Without them, the lead would continue to whine and lose or allow herself to be bullied.
In the movie of my life, I push my way to the front and make the camera focus on me; after all, it is My movie and not theirs.
We carefully nourish our bodies with healthy foods, so why not nourish our souls as well? Why surround ourselves with the harmful, the pessimistic, the bullies who want to tear us down? I prefer to love myself, give myself top billing, and advocate for what is healthy and productive.
“The light of the body is the eye; if then your eye is true, all your body will be full of light.” Matthew 6:22