Thursday, October 31, 2013

Who will you choose to be?

We have a tradition in our family for Halloween that we started about 7 years ago, to go to dinner and a movie. We skip out on the trick-or-treating partly because we don’t like something for nothing attitude it promotes and partly because I dislike the amount of sugar that typically comes home.

This year we went to see Smurfs 2. We didn’t really choose it for inspiration, we chose it for the fun factor. We liked the first Smurfs movie and it happened to be one that the whole family could watch including our youngest daughter who is 9.

I have an internal alert to great quotes though, and this movie had a winner I thought I’d share.

Papa Surf is talking to Smurfette, who has doubted her Smurfness and personal character because of her origins- being created by Gargamel. Papa Smurf says to her, “It doesn’t matter where you come from. It matters who you choose to be.”

There are so many amazing examples of people who come from terrible circumstances or are put into horrific situations and still choose to rise above it. I’ve always loved those stories of personal triumph. One of my favorites is by  Immaculee Ilibagiza called Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust.

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