Don’t freak out warriors. I’m not getting all “heavenly” here by preaching about hope although I always can but those that have been with me know some of my favorite topics. Movies and music. It’s movie time once again and this had been written on my previous blog of “Spirit and Belief” (also the book title.) It is worthy of a post here today. As usual, I like to do a little “flashback” for those that are new. It is a small reflection on sadness but it does connect so here we go. When Warrior passed, I wanted to get out my Ultimate collection of things and of course WM6. I was planning on watching it but alas, our VCR was now in the basement not hooked up and I only had it on VHS, no DVD. I could’ve looked into clips on WWE or YouTube but nope, I wanted mine. With all my shock, somehow the right wires wouldn’t connect and I only had sound, no picture. I couldn’t concentrate.
For some reason, I called my husband at work (it was lunchtime) and told him I wanted to watch one of my movies. He asked which one? Huh? Why did THAT matter? I got out the one on top-“Hope Floats” starring Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick Jr., love them both! I even left it out so he’d think later on I actually wanted to watch it. Oh, those emotional times. Never did I figure it out as more despondency filled me up. But, like one of the last lines in that movie of “Hope Floats” says: “just give hope a chance to float up and it will.” It did eventually and boy did I need it to. I also LOVE the song from the movie and yes- to any wondering- it is on my playlist. You can look that up on your own. Garth Brooks singing? Yes please!
This takes us to my other movie collections and some of you will notice a “running” theme. They ARE good movies though and I do love comedies but these, well, am sure you’ll get it. If you haven’t seen any- just Google the title and you’ll find a description. Here’s a list of some I own and a few were on VHS back then. “Meet Joe Black,” “Sister Act,” “GHOST,” “Field of Dreams,” “Braveheart” ( I have the soundtrack on tape, …) “The Wedding Singer,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” ( that’s been told!) “When Harry Met Sally,” ( a fave!) “Wild Hogs,” (another that’s been told) “Sleepless in Seattle,” “Forrest Gump,” “Wedding Crashers,” and so many more I can’t think of without looking. Here’s another side note: I have the “City of Angels” CD soundtrack (think WM7 commentary…) There’s a song on that one.., OH MY… WOW… It was not one played often or on the radio then. Do I listen to it? You bet, hehe… 🤭 So, once I looked at some of these movies- I found a theme. They are not in order up above but can you find it? It actually upset me. Well, I did like some of the guys in those movies- Mel Gibson, Brad Pitt, and Kevin Costner but that’s not it. Anyone remember my post about our South Dakota trip? “Dances with Wolves” is another one but I don’t own it… Out in that Santa Fe Truck Stop Diner area is where parts of the D.W.W. movie was filmed. Ok, back to your guesses. I was getting side-tracked…
Many of them, including the music involves some sort of spiritual idea or even hope in some way. I remember getting most of them as birthday or Christmas gifts from my mom years ago and how happy I was. I told myself after Patrick Swayze died that I would never watch “GHOST” again. Um, I did and then it was Warrior’s turn as time went on. Years prior, my youngest sister and I loved parts of that movie and Whoopi Goldberg’s character of Oda Mae. No, I am not a medium but the scene when Sam keeps singing to her as she’s trying to sleep, so funny! Warrior doesn’t sing to me but I do get some pretty constant messages in songs, just not like Oda Mae. 😉 How about the one ghost (I so prefer spirit but will use that word here) named Orlando. Think Warrior’s last match of 2008 in Spain. Yeah, great movie but get this…
When I finally did watch it again, the loud ringing in my ear came during the subway train scene with Sam and another ghost. This man doesn’t like Sam in his territory but wants to help him. It’s all about training the mind to move objects. Why that scene? Maybe the mind reference but there it was, ringing loud and clear. As Sam says to Molly at the end: “ It’s amazing Molly. The love inside, you take it with you.” Life imitating art for Patrick just like Warrior but that time watching, I wasn’t sad. It was beautiful in a new way for me and I finally got it. 🥲
I just really liked these movies despite their somewhat emotional messages but when I saw a connection, it perplexed me. Little did I know how they would influence my spiritual development or why I was attracted to the storylines. Ok, I did have some personal investment but no idea on the deeper meanings. Another one I don’t own but love the song from is “Chances Are.” Even though it’s kinda a bizarre afterlife story, I loved it. It is creepy with how this man comes back to his family but still a touching film. Do I believe that’s how reincarnation works? I sure hope NOT but again, not going all heavenly on you all here. The song is a duet with Peter Cetera and Cher. It’s from 1990 like “GHOST” – great year so guess I am “outing” myself again. I’m a sucker for romance. 🥰 Can’t believe I never got that movie. So many to choose from and no, I don’t do it purposefully. If you look back at my list, you’ll see others that don’t have that theme. “Sister Act” maybe but I sang in choir and so have my own memories. Plus, I am really good at guessing the movie years! It bugs my husband but when it is something I like, I will know. Most of the time I get it right and if I’m off- it’s usually only by one year. He wins other little silly competitions.., 😜
I hope I didn’t give away too many spoilers here with these movies. Maybe I’ve inspired you to check them out as I can’t assume you have seen them all. They did become my spiritual hope as movies are a break from our everyday lives. I’ve even mentioned many animated Disney films on here too. “Inside Out” , that was a biggie… Interesting how some will connect to a certain person, place, or thing in our lives but then somehow give us the hope we need to continue. I do believe in hope but we still need to turn it into an actionable word because it just won’t do itself. You can have that hope and then work at it. Don’t put all that you are into one hopeful basket. We can’t just hope for the best but try our hardest to make it happen. That’s how it works.
I still love those movies but don’t want the sadness all the time. The Universe was planting my spiritual hope before I ever really knew it. The hope I aspire has to come from within myself and Warrior’s spiritual energy gives me the strength I need as well. Just give hope that chance in whatever you face and along with the tag-team partner of yourself, the Universe will float it up… I really need that movie on DVD. Go watch some goodies you own! Now, I have “Henry the VIII” in my head from “GHOST!” And no- I also didn’t just love “Braveheart” for the face paint! Warrior loved it too but I would’ve had no idea back in 1995 when it came out (:
P.S. Check out my book for another movie reference connection to “Bruce Almighty.” I mention one scene but always have others… The book is over at Amazon and other outlets, thank you! 📗🙋🏻♀️