Thursday, November 4, 2010

Peaceful Warrior

Last week, I watched a movie that I had been wantign to see for a while, but based on it's description, was not sure I wouldn't be reduced to a sobbing mess. You see, I haven't been able to go bicycling/running for well over a year.... and the site of cyclists on the road still fills me with a sense of longing and the burning feeling of missing out.

Peaceful Warrior is based on the true life story of Dan Millman who was a championship gymnast. He was in a motorcycle accident that shattered his right femur.  He overcame his injury and joined his team in winning the NCAA gymnastics championship. If you just knew those facts, you would think it was very nose-to-the-grindstone recovery. All physical.

But, there's a different element. There is the mental element that is the core of this movie. A kind of  re-evaluation of goals and re-stocking of life. The notion of fleeting happiness is addressed.

There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way

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