I am thankful for the opportunity to see the movie Joy before it comes out in theaters, but I was even more thankful to see a movie that motivates and inspires. Based upon the real life story of Joy Mangano, a divorced mom who overcame many obstacles to become a major HSN player, I never thought I would even enjoy the movie (heck, I fell asleep on Creed -don't shoot me), but I loved it!
SPOILER ALERT!! Here are five reasons why I was inspired :
1. Everyone has crazy family members-Although I heard this was a fictional adaptation of her family, I loved the Mangano clan. They have the same crazies that I (we) have, but are afraid to share/discuss outside of the home. These people make us who we are-good or bad and we should be thankful for them.
2. Family are the closest and they can hurt you the deepest-It is often said that the ones you love the most are the ones that hurt you the most and vice versa. Our families try to expose us to the best life they know and understand. However, this can be limiting and when you try to do/go beyond their expectations, fear and rejection can be projected unto you and your goals/desires. Like Joy....you have to overcome them and press on regardless.
3. Listen to that still small voice-Joy had a vision and a goal when she was little, but life got in the way. Later in life came a still small voice that spoke to her in dreams! This voice asked her if she was hiding from herself!!!!! Think about that??? How many of us are not doing what we know we are supposed to be doing because fear, rejection, family, or life itself has caused us to lose focus and hide? or shrink (minimize/reduce)?? Come on NOW!!
4. Enough is Enough-The voices wouldn't quit and then an idea came to Joy. She was inspired to do and create. She tried and failed, but kept going until she connected with the right someone. Trust, alignment, and surrender. She let go, but not totally and she gained small success...then she failed...Family turned against her (see Number 2)....She'd had enough. The people laughed, doubted, called her a failure, then told her to give up! Her trusted advisors told her to let go of her vision, dream and home, but she would not let her dream die! This part made me think of all the things I felt were not meant because they were hard or because they failed....
Then this poem came to mind :
Don't QuitWhen things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don't give up though the pace seems slow--
You may succeed with another blow,
Success is failure turned inside out--
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit--
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit. - Edgar A. Guest
I have a friend that added this statement to her daily prayer for herself and her children. Rightfully so, I added it to my daily prayer too. Joy had to learn the hard way, but once she got a clue, she quickly made the corrections and slowly excelled. She took the tests, learned the lessons, taught her family (who tried to sue her), and shared the lessons with women seeking to launch new products and ideas (seed planting).
So maybe this movie may not be on your MUST SEE list, but trust me, go see it and allow it to stir in you what may have been dormant for a while now. We are entering a new year, which contains new days with new grace and new mercy! Let us move to new levels in faith, knowing that God has a plan for our lives!
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11
Are you ready to Acknowledge that Small Voice??
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