Tuesday, February 02, 2010
We had a great time with friends last night watching No Impact Man. Here's a photo of some us from Jessie's photo blog.
We viewed the movie at an off campus dorm.
The dorm is super fancy and cool.
Right when we walked in, I asked Aaron if we could move there.
Wouldn't that be fun?
They cook all your food for you.
Sign me up.
The movie room was incredible.
The perfect place to watch a great movie with a bunch of great friends.
I'll have to break up my thoughts about this movie into several posts.
WAY too much to process at one time.
I'll work my way through my thoughts from littlest to biggest.
Here's where I'll start...
This family set out to make no impact on the earth for one full year.
This meant drastic changes.
I mean drastic...no tv, no buying anything new for a year (or really even used), no trash making, no meat, no vehicles, no eating out, no electricity...eating only local, seasonal foods, see...I told you...drastic.
They live in New York City.
Everything about the way they lived had to change for this project. Completely change.
There's this scene where the family is together, outside at a fountain in the middle of the city.
The wife, Michelle is talking about how their electricity is off. Everything that kept them inside has been stripped away from them, so they are outside more.
They want to be outdoors in the sunlight, with people and with each other.
At this point Michelle said something I hope I never forget...
"The days seem to last forever."
How many times do I hear myself say, "Time is going by too quickly. My kids are growing up too fast. The last three years feel like a blur to me."
I say those things a lot.
Something must be very different about my life when compared to Michelle's. Her days seem to go on forever. She feels like she has so much time...the days drag on.
I've not had a dragging day since elementary school.
Michelle's statement has me thinking...deeply thinking...
What is eating up my time and my life? What is making my days fly by so fast I swear I feel like I'm running after them, hard as I can, and yet I feel like I can never catch up.
We're told all these modern day conveniences are here to make our life easier...and better.
I don't think after living one full year in absolute simplicity that this couple in this movie would agree.
With no electricity, no cars, no tv, no internet, no shopping, not much crap to take care of, this mother said...
"The days go on forever."
She didn't mean that in a negative way. She meant she had been given the gift of time, of feeling like there were more than enough hours in her day to do what was important.
I can't say the same for my life.
And so here I am today asking the Lord to give me fresh eyes...
How is the enemy stealing my days? How is he robbing me of moments with my children, of time with people?
How is my lack of time and my excess of "stuff" linked together?
Living simply, Michelle said her days seem to go on forever.
Incredible. I'm going to think on that for awhile.
And then, because these people have inspired me, I hope I don't stop with thinking. Thinking is great but sometimes thinking is too safe. This world is already bubbling over, like peroxide on a wound, with people who "think" things, but don't live out their own thoughts and convictions. This couple in "No Impact Man" have taught me that thinking isn't enough. If I think something, why not move from thought to action?