“We’re here to connect. Love, time, death. Now these three things connect every single human being on earth. We long for love, we wish we had more time and we fear death.”-- Howard Witt
This is a quote taken from the first few minutes of the movie, Collateral Beauty. During this monologue, Will Smith’s character is talking to his staff about their “why” in life. As I watched the movie, the message is one I couldn’t wait to come home and share with my husband. It’s one that I knew I wanted to write about. How could I not? It’s meant to reflect over. It’s meant to start a conversation…. especially during a time of the year when we look back and reflect.
During 2016, we all feared death:
“Just be sure to notice the collateral beauty. It's the profound connection to everything.”
Sadly, death has been a part of my 2016. The losses were tough to take and I can’t always make sense of it all. All I can do is look for the collateral beauty during those times of mourning.
We all wished for more time:
Don’t we all want more time? At one point, the character of Time talked about how time is endless but that we humans have to measure it to make sense of it. While this is very thought provoking, what matters most is to remember that time is a gift. I no longer wish for time to fly by. I’m trying to savor every moment and every stage of my life because the years seem to be going by faster. Time has become a precious commodity.
We all longed for love:
In the movie, the character of Love says that love is:
The only why we will ever need is such a powerful sentiment. I believe that we are here to connect with others, to care for one another, and to maybe make the day a little brighter for those around us. The common thread is love.
Why be a wife, mother, friend, sister, or educator?
Love is why. Love is everything.
It’s that simple.
Principal of PreK-6th Grade