Movies, Our Cultural Mirrors


Films communicate present day culture and artistic ability. When we keep up with the year’s films, particularly the films that are nominated for an Oscar, we’ve sampled the culture of the time.
“Now more than ever we need to talk to each other, to listen to each other and to understand how we see the world, and cinema is the best medium for doing this.” Martin Scorsese

Do The Kind Thing


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“Distance doesn’t separate people, silence does.” unknown
We’re all busy, but our lives would be better if we didn’t allow that to be an excuse. In our gut, we know what we should do to let a person know that we’re thinking about them. The gesture, message, phone call, visit doesn’t take as long as we project, so we should act.

Expectations


“If you can’t live up to your expectations, lower them.” unknown older
This quote may sound odd, but our expectations often stop us from enjoying our lives. Career opportunities are cast aside that could lead to new fascinating experiences. Excursions aren’t taken because they are less than desired and people are over-looked who could be treasures to know.
Expectations can hold us back. Instead, take it as it comes – with eyes wide open.

Conversational Finesse

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Even with the best of conversational intentions, you can feel the misstep. The trust is tenuous, but growing, and then it happens. Too much is asked and the conversation narrows.
“Note to world: curiosity killed the chat.” Philip Galanes

Trust The Gap

A young friend of mine years ago told me to, “Just tell them. They may not like it at the moment, but they’ll hear you.”
One perspective that I hold is that people do hear others even though it may take time for the comment to sink in. One telling is usually enough, too. It certainly goes both ways – if it’s a rich relationship.
Sometimes people need years to “hear it”, but it will happen. That’s the art of good communication.

Putting Friends First

Friends deserve to waste some time together, in a new place, seeing new sights, and getting into some mischief. Time spent together makes a friendship thrive and bloom.
Love Vancouver, BC! People in Vancouver are truly nice and helpful…don’t think I’ve ever said this before about a place.

If Invited, Say YES

Spontaneity equals fun. When someone invites you, go. There is always fun to be done if we show up. Bring your warm personality with you.
No invitations? Time for you to invite?

Make a Lunch Date with Someone

Studies show that the happiest people are those who spend 4-6 hours with other people. I believe this because it causes us to expend energy thinking about and interacting in another person’s world for a change. Lunch outside in the sunshine makes everything so much nicer…no matter what it is.

Differences in Men and Women Meeting as Strangers

As we age, women will look at our peers to catch a clue of how to move, maintain composure, try a new style or turn a phrase. Often, we then smile at each other and gently chat.
Men of the same age, move purposely, visually size each other up…and almost never smile or begin a conversation.
Just saying…

A Place For Conversation

“We need more conversation about ideas, not people.” Linda Iovino
I was drawn to this spot because it had no electronics or distractions, just beauty. It’s a place for friends to gather.

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