Jim Carrey is incredibly talented and always manages to make me laugh. He has even inspired me to develop an Ace Ventura persona that I break into around my kids sometimes. “Alrighty, then!”
Morgan Freeman is just a great actor. And perhaps the king of the movie narrators. I once joked that if a movie were ever made about my life, I would want Morgan Freeman to narrate it.
In any event, I happened to be watching a flick the other night that has both of these guys in it. It’s called “Bruce Almighty”.
Here’s the storyline of the film in a nutshell; Morgan Freeman plays God, and Jim Carrey plays a television reporter named Bruce Nolan. Bruce has a bunch of bad things happen to him all at once in his life and he blames God for his mess and misfortune. He already felt like he was getting lousy stories to cover, making him somewhat of a laughing stock at his job. Then he finds out that he is passed over for the anchorman gig. He reacts to this by freaking out on TV one night, and this gets him fired. To add insult, as he’s leaving the station he gets beat up. Stuff like that…
So, basically Bruce feels that he is being treated totally unfairly by God. One night he screams out to the Creator, letting God know that He’s doing a really lousy job. And as fate would have it, God is listening. So He decides to let Bruce have a crack at being the omnipotent one. He gives Bruce all of the powers in the Universe and turns him loose. Bruce does some funny stuff, like parting his soup in a local diner one day at lunch (like parting the Red Sea), or literally pulling the moon in closer to he and his girlfriend one night for some romantic ambiance. But ultimately he learns that the responsibility God has is pretty overwhelming.
Along the way our man Bruce learns a lot about love, the balance that exists in the world, free will, etc. He also learns that we each have the power within ourselves to do great things and by taking personal responsibility for our own success, we can make it happen. And that’s the greatest lesson of all, in my opinion.
Toward the end of the movie, God is talking to Bruce and he says this,
“Parting your soup is not a miracle Bruce, it’s a magic trick. A single mom who’s working two jobs, and still finds time to take her son to soccer practice, that’s a miracle. A teenager who says no to drugs and yes to an education, that’s a miracle. People want me to do everything for them. What they don’t realize is they have the power. You want to see a miracle, son? Be the miracle.”
What a great line that last one is. Be the miracle. I think that’s just awesome. I also think it’s awesome that I was just up late on a given night, watching a crazy movie and was able to take a great truth from it that inspired me to share…
If we will stop looking at outside influences as the cause of our success or failure, and realize that our potential for achievement exists within, we can accomplish absolutely anything. Nothing is impossible to the person that believes!
It’s very easy to blame other people, ex-girlfriends or boyfriends, your parents, the government or even God for the events and circumstances that play out in your life. And so many people do. The main problem with this belief system is that it leaves you totally powerless. If, after all, someone or something else has been holding you back, then only that someone or something can release you. You end up relying on things that are completely out of your control to determine your ultimate success. This is like flailing in the wind with your destiny at the mercy of the whims of the universe.
However, if you will embrace personal responsibility and realize that the situation you are in right now is the direct result of your dominant thoughts, emotions, and actions, then you will allow yourself the freedom to take control of your life. Once you understand that you have that control, you can begin to make a difference. If you don’t like where you are in life, then start moving in a different direction. Don’t wait for some cosmic redirect, it’s up to YOU! If there are things going on around you that you wish were different, begin to change them by changing yourself. This is what Gandhi meant when he said that we should be the change we want to see in the world, or what God…er…Morgan Freeman meant when he said to be the miracle.
It’s all right there inside of you and it’s waiting for you to be spectacular.
If you’re ready to see some miracles in your life, then start making them happen!