|It's Not the Power of the Curse, It's the Power You Give the Curse!|
Yesterday I watched a movie called Penelope. Penelope is a girl born with a curse, a pig nose. It is believed that if she marries one of her own kind, a blue blood, the curse will be lifted. Her very rich parents keep her hidden and even mock a funeral to keep the press from exposing her. Penelope has everything she could possibly want, except friends and her freedom.
Her parents' main goal is to find a blue blood groom, so the curse will be lifted. Without telling the whole story and ruining it for you, Penelope discovers that, "It's not the power of the curse, it's the power you give the curse!" The message of that line from the movie, aroused my brain. A lot of us have a curse that we may be dealing with, some us may have an impossible bulge that just won't go away, others have a bad memory, big hips, or even an illness, some of us may struggle to find inspiration; whatever the curse may be, it is important to keep perspective...Do we let the curse control us, do we do something about the curse or do we get on with our lives and change our focus?
In the movie, the simple words, "I like myself the way I am," freed Penelope and opened the world to her. She decided that hiding from the world was short changing her life and it was time to break free of her parents' quest to find her a suitable husband, and take charge, pig snout or not.
This movie is supposed to be a comedy, but does showcase a serious mistake many of us make, dwelling on certain things and forgetting to focus on what is truly important to us. Once we let go of the curse or at least accept it, one is free to do a myriad of things. Penelope is positively a thought provoking movie.