What Does It For You?

We all need rhythms of rest and safe spaces we can go to regroup and be renewed.

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I’m most alive when I’m initiating or responding to the creative process. So MoviePass was kind of a no-brainer. I paid less than 100 bucks for a whole year of virtually unlimited films at the theater.

Of course, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. MoviePass kept changing the terms, limiting my choices, and losing my trust. So I’ve jumped ship to Sinemia and am anticipating a better experience.

Anyways, the freedom to go see any movie I want has been a game changer. It’s become a new ritual of restorative rest, reflection, and inspiration. I rarely have/make time to watch an entire movie at home, and when I do there are usually interruptions. So getting out of the house and away from it all has made a big psychological difference.

Here’s the routine I’ve developed:

  1. Enjoy a peaceful walk to the theater. Create space in my soul for whatever God wants to show me through the film.
  2. Enjoy a few hours of uninterrupted bliss. Turbo charge my emotional battery. Watch movies I might otherwise skip, because they feel free. Take notes on quotes that stand out to me or themes that feel relevant for my life.
  3. Enjoy a peaceful walk home. Reflect on how the film intersects with my life – how it can help me move forward or adjust my thinking. Come back to my family recharged instead of stressed or drained.

Maybe movies don’t do it for you, but we all need rhythms of rest and safe spaces we can go to regroup and be renewed. What brings you life and helps you reconnect with the big picture? You can probably list a number of things. Now ask yourself how you can systematize those activities so that they’re on your calendar and in your budget. Be creative. It may not require as much time, effort, or money as you think.

Dr. Henry Cloud once wrote, “When people don’t take time to break from their everyday routines to evaluate the process, it’s impossible to create new patterns.” So if you need an excuse to stop working and do a little soul-care, there it is. You’ve got to hit pause and zoom out occasionally if you want to have any kind of level perspective on your past, present, and future. Movies do that for me. What does it for you?