“Eleanor Rigby, wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door.” John Lennon & Paul McCartney
In the movie Good Will Hunting, Matt Damon plays a tough, wise-cracking, but emotionally scarred math genius named, Will Hunting. And although he is extremely brilliant he is working (hiding) as a night janitor at Harvard.
Robin Williams play a therapist who attempts to help Will go inside of himself in order to own the truth about his abusive past and discover his authentic self.
The climax of the movie is a scene where Williams, on the verge of giving up on his rebellious patient, takes a leap of faith and starts telling Will, “It’s not your fault, listen to me son, it’s not your fault.”
Damon literally pushes back, but Williams persists, “It’s not your fault, It’s not your fault,” until Will surrenders and his tears erupt like a broken dam.
Have you ever put up a facade that things were fine on the outside? But on the inside, you were going through a tough time (troubles at work, fractured relationship at home, the loss of a loved one, or just plain loneliness)?
Sometimes, what people project to the outside world isn’t an accurate picture of their inside world. It is just a mask they wear to hide the real stuff going on. The last few years have been really traumatic for some folks. The pandemic has created all types of challenges including a severe rise in depression, isolation, and loneliness.
You never really know what someone is going through, but you can be sure, some folks are going through a really tough time.
What If You Believed…
- Over the course of the next 2 weeks you are going to encounter someone who is in need of an extraordinary act of kindness?
- This person was put on your path for the specific reason that you were chosen to show them that they matter, that they are valuable, or that they are not alone?
- By helping that person, you later came to the conclusion that they were really put on your path to help you in some unexpected way?
So why not? What if over the course of the next few weeks you do a little goodwill hunting. It will certainly bring a bit more peace and happiness to you, knowing you did something kind for someone.
And who knows… you may even spread a bit of goodwill and kindness towards your fellow human beings!
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