Last August 8th, Nate and I had a movie date with Seafarer’s Wife Diaries‘ Melisa and ZD. We watched Christopher Robin. It’s the kids’ first and our first in a long time in the cinema! It was a perfect time because SM Cinemas are currently offering Php 1 ticket (yes, one peso) for kids 4 ft below.
The 1-peso ticket was the main reason why we were there, LOL! At 4 years old, I wasn’t sure what Nate’s reaction would be at a cinema. Good thing his ticket only costs 1 peso, kung ‘di nya man magustuhan, hindi masakit sa dibdib!
The movie rolled, they behaved and watched at first. However, they started playing towards the middle of the movie until the end. haha. Good thing, there were just 5 people watching + 3 kids. It feels like we rented the entire cinema! haha.
The truth is kaming mga nanay ang mas nag-enjoy sa movie. It was probably because it’s not an animated movie, so we plan on watching another one next month.
Let me share 4 life reminders for me from this movie. Note that there might be spoilers in this post so if you plan on watching the movie, you may want to watch it first. 🙂
1. The so-called “life distractions”
Christopher Robin changed as he grew up. The things that made him happy when he was a kid became his so-called life distractions. Winnie the Pooh, for instance, was his best friend when he was little. Life took its toll on him and he turned into someone completely different.
He almost forgot the things that he valued the most when he was young. Not only that, he treated them as a distraction to his job.
This reality was almost a slap in my face. A lot of times, when I would be totally soaked at what I’m doing, I’d ignore my son. Yes, the very reason why I work, seemed like a destruction for me. Just like C.S. Lewis’ famous quote, this movie reminded again that:
“Children are not a distraction from MORE important work. They are the MOST important work.”
2. The rat race
A few weeks ago, I wrote about Dane and I seeming to live in a rat race. I was completely down that time. I feel like this is not how life should be. This is not God’s design for a person, much more for a family. But when you become a family person, you stop thinking about yourself. And you start thinking about your child/children, their future, your plans. Not to mention you also have to work to make ends meet. Or try to save from your salary for that dream house or car or your kid/kids’ education.
Some things just can’t be avoided, or should I say, need a lot of courage to be avoided/prevented. This movie should remind us that there’s more to life than this. There’s more to life than just spending all our time working or providing for our loved ones.
3. The “break”
In connection with number 2, this is why we should need a break from time to time. We all do because we’re not robots. In fact, vacation was the reason why Christopher Robin came up with a brilliant idea to save the company where he works and the many employees who were about to be fired.
“Doing nothing often leads to the very best kind of something.”
-Winnie the Pooh
When was the last time you were out on a break from the usual daily chores that you do? Perhaps it’s time to sit back and relax for a bit.
4. The most important thing
Christopher Robin: If I work really hard now, in the future our lives will be…
Evelyn Robin: Impressive? Worse? We don’t care. We want you.
What’s funny is, sometimes, we’re too concern about tomorrow that we forget about today. Christopher Robin missed a lot of things because of being overly focused at work. The more we strive for the future, we may miss many wonderful memories today. It is always my prayer that I won’t be misled by this “temporary life goals” that I miss the most essential part of my life – my family.
Aside from our loved ones, there’s another thing that is most important. Sadly, some forget about this already because of what the temporal things that we chase here on Earth. It’s the CREATOR – God. And the fact that life on Earth is just temporary and a preparation for life after death.
The Bible says that we are all sinners and are doomed to spend eternity in hell. But God, because of His great love for us, the sinners, sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our since. So that, through Christ, we can have salvation if we accept that we are sinners and in need of a savior, believe that Christ died for us, and accepting Jesus in our hearts as our personal Lord and Savior.
Make it a prayer. Receive God’s gift of salvation and you will be with Him in heaven for eternity. This is the most important thing of all.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
-Romans 10:9-10 King James Version (KJV)