This is it! The first ReelVision blog on my brand new(ish) website! This blog was originally going to be strictly a film/commercial production tech blog but I decided that I wanted to talk about important issues that everyone can relate to. Thus making the blog something that everyone can read.
I am going to start off with a story of how I came to realize the meaning of the phrase "This too shall pass", You probably know what it means, but I think that it is important that you read on because I believe that most people don't realize the full meaning of the phrase.
The other week I had a serious case of déjà vu when I continued to hear this particular phrase over and over again:
In a way, I was a little nervous about hearing it in 3 different places on 2 consecutive days because it is usually a phrase that people use when something unfortunate has happened. At this point in the week I started thinking if this was some kind of sign of what was to come.
2 days before hearing the phrase three times, I had just finished my very first feature length documentary, The Healing Wall. This was something I was incredibly excited about and it was getting some extremely positive feedback from people that had a pre-screening of the film. But I couldn't help but wonder if something horrible was to come my way very soon. I couldn't imagine what it would be though…
Of course after thinking too much about things like I always do, I remembered that I would be hearing back from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation in LA that week on whether or not I received an internship with their commercial production program. Boy I’ll tell ya! After thinking about this long enough, I started to get about as nervous as one could be. I mean I really needed this internship! Especially to fulfill my cultural immersion for the graduate school curriculum at Ball State University.
After sweating bullets for a day or so, I decided to go back and re-read the last place that I saw this famous phrase. It was a book that I happened to borrow from my buddy Tyler just randomly. On my way out of his house I saw it laying on a counter and the title read, The Greatest Salesman in the World. First, the title caught my attention. And secondly, the interesting name of the author, Og Mandino, made me laugh. It honestly sounded like the name of a Vegas magician. Come to find out he was a very famous author. So I jokingly asked Tyler if it was a good book. He hadn't read it yet but jokingly laughed and said, “Oh the great Og Mandino! That book will change your life!”.
I read the line below the title and it said, “you can change your life with the priceless wisdom of the ten ancient scrolls handed down for thousands of years.”
Hmm. Interesting right? I thought to myself, “I just got a double confirmation that this book is going to change my life in the matter of seconds! Why the heck not?”
I took the book home. That afternoon I read a little and then flipped to a random page in the back just to see where this thing was going. And BOOM! There it was. This too shall pass. For the 3rd time in 2 days!
So when I read the 7th ancient scroll chapter over again, the full meaning of it came to me through a quote on pg. 85:
"For all worldly things shall indeed pass. When I am heavy with heartache I shall console myself that this too shall pass; when I am puffed with success I shall warn myself that this too shall pass."
Wow! How true is that? The funny thing is that we all know this but never fully acknowledge it.
From now on, because of this random borrowing of a book, I will now always acknowledge that in my greatest moment of devastation, this too shall pass; and in my greatest moment of triumph, this too shall pass.
Everyone must remember to never take their self too seriously in moments of achievement and moments of failure. Because the only thing that these moments will forever be, are temporary. With this knowledge, I now know that surrendering to failure is just as dangerous as being 100% satisfied with just being "good enough". There will always be a tomorrow and always a next step. I will remember this with every successful project that I produce and every moment of opportunity that unfortunately passes me by.
And I finally reach my conclusion:
One of the most extravagant opportunities about being human is that we have the ability to live to fight another day. This comes in positive AND negative forms:
+ I experienced success today? Good! I can do it again tomorrow.
- Today I had the worst day of my life? Good! I can get back up on my feet again tomorrow.
The most important thing to remember is that NOTHING on this incredible Earth lasts forever. And to be honest, that's the best news in every way because it leads to new opportunities.
"These words, passed down from the ancients, will carry me through every adversity and maintain my life in balance. These four words are: This too shall pass."
- Og Mandino
Chime in below on your thoughts!