Life of Pi

I just watched "Life of Pi" for about the 13th time. There is something about that movie, it just never get's old for me and brings a tear or two to my eyes every time I watch it. I truly love "The Empire Strikes Back" but I think "Life of Pi" beats it as my favorite movie.

Pi is a very interesting character. He has explored most of the major religions. He was Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist all at the same time.

At the end of the movie you realize that there are two very different versions of his story as a ship wreck survivor. Each story explained his ship wreck experience in a very unique and different way.

Maybe I'm a little slow on certain things but the hidden message in this movie really hit me hard just now. The movie is explaining how Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Pantheism, Paganism and all the other religions are telling a very different story about the same fundamental truths. They are all trying to explain, in many different languages, that we are all ship wrecked together here on planet earth and need to learn to get along with each other before we kill each other, and probably kill the whole entire planet in the process.

In some ways Pi reminds me of myself. When I was in the military (during the training parts of it) they had this rule that you had to clean toilets on Sunday if you didn't attend a religious service. I hated cleaning toilets and was on a very large military base so I would find a different church to go to every single Sunday. Sometimes I would go to two of them. It took me a while to process and digest it all but I learned so much about religion through those experiences. It's got to be one of the healthiest things I have ever done for myself and I encourage everyone to try something like it.

I'm simultaneously creating two very different websites right now and sort of switching back and forth depending on my mood. I think I have some good content for my "church-temple" website which will be recycled from this post here.

I'm just curious, was anyone else touched by this movie in a similar way as myself? I'd love to hear your thoughts through a comment on this post.

If you are too embarrassed to post openly, then use the contact form and we can go from there. It would really help me with content for my website and maybe make the world a little bit better place in the process.

Thanks for listening,

James (AKA Jimmy) 


The Butterfly Nebula:

June Walking Challenge

As the June walking challenge comes to a close, Debbie and I are SO PROUD of each and every one of you that participated.

The goal of the challenge was to get you to #rethinkyourday, MOVE MORE, and BE ACCOUNTABLE.

We're pretty confident that this challenge showed many of you that you are more active than you think, and helped to motivate others that there are tiny tweaks that can be made to help you live a more active lifestyle.

2 people will each win a pair of books: Younger Next Year Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy - Until You're 80 and Beyond by Chris Crowley & Henry S. Lodge and Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body's Natural Ability to Heal Itself by Alejandro Junger as well as a pair of Pretty Pink Shoelaces. Because everyone knows you run faster in pink laces.

Simply follow the rafflecopter directions and we'll RANDOMLY select a winner on July 1st!

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We're both ready to see some goals being SMASHED in July!! Want to join our little group on Facebook?? We'd love to have you!!



Being Fat

Throughout my childhood I was always called fat. I was the "fat girl."

As a morbidly obese woman I often heard the snickers and felt the stares, however it wasn't until recently that I experienced the feeling of what it's like to be called fat by another adult to my face. It hurts. As badly as it did as a child. Perhaps even more so because it brings up all those old memories, and opens the floodgates to even more feelings of worthlessness. I must remember to rise above. I am no longer that 400 pound woman. Sure, I'm not as thin as I was in 2011, but I'm not as "fat" as I was in 2008, either.

"Is ‘fat’ really the worst thing a human being can be? Is ‘fat’ worse than ‘vindictive’, ‘jealous’, ‘shallow’, ‘vain’, ‘boring’ or ‘cruel’? Not to me."

Just be kind. You never know the battle someone else is fighting, or where they have come from.