When the first Jurassic Park film came out I was living on Arran for the summer and had to wait a while to see it in the cinema. There was so much hype around the film that I had high expectations but left the cinema feeling decidedly underwhelmed. I’d heard similar hype about ‘The Greatest Showman’ and so went to see it with a bit of trepidation in case it was another cinematic let down.
This time round the film exceeded everything I’ve heard about it so far! Its a feast for the senses with wonderful storytelling and with so much hope and humanity woven through it all. Its the sort of film I want to watch again and again and I know I’ll see something different every time. These are the thoughts that struck me yesterday and I’ve tried to keep my blog spoiler free!
Know your who!
Barnum has a successful show but he’s constantly striving for approval and support from the higher echelons of society. His focus is on those who don’t accept him rather than those who already do.
It’s so easy to chase that next recommendation or ‘like’ on any social media platform of your choice, that elusive friendship or approval from a specific person and its even easier to forget that we already have connections, friendships and people who already like us and are cheering us on.
Not everyone in this world is going to like you and what you’re doing and that's okay. Find the ones who do like you, who like what you’re doing and how you’re doing it. They are the people that you are a blessing to and they are your ‘who’; the people you are designed to reach out to, to connect with and to have an impact on.
Find your tribe!
At one point Barnum’s dreams come crashing down. That’s not a spoiler, it is a Hollywood movie after all so it follows the formula of young boy does good, disaster, redemption! He’s left with a group of people around him who are like family and still believe in him. They’re willing to invest and to continue believing in his dream even when everything seems dire and they’re not the people that you might expect to be there.
We all have people who will cheer us on when things are going well. It feels good and it is a great encouragement for us to keep going. There are fewer people who will continue to believe in us, cheer us on and believe in our dreams when circumstances are against us and things aren’t going our way. There’s fewer of them but they’re there. Find them. They are your tribe, the people who have your back, who believe in who you are first and foremost and who believe that you are capable of great things. It may only be one or two people at first but start there and value them greatly.
So I leave you with two questions:
Who are you a gift to?
Who is a gift to you?
And of course a massive recommendation to go and see the film!