The wonderful thing about a movie is its ability to capsulate the influence of a person’s life into two hours.
Kevin James plays a 42-year-old high school biology teacher (Scott Voss) who begins moonlighting as a mixed martial arts fighter in order to raise money for the school where he works. His goal is to save the music program and the job of his friend, the music instructor (played by Henry Winkler.)
What touched me was the commitment and passion “Mr. Voss” exhibited in the face of almost overwhelming odds. Through his commitment and genuine concern for the needs of all those in his sphere of influence he accomplishes the seemingly impossible.
As Mr. Voss stepped forward not knowing before-hand how he was to accomplish this task or even if he could accomplish it, he grew in confidence and strength. The people he needed for his journey and opportunities he needed seemed to come out of nowhere and move him one step closer to his goal. He faced each new grueling day with faith and courage and he was strengthened in his resolve. Through the process, his passion for teaching returned and he accomplished his goal.
He had a burning passion tied to a purpose greater than himself!
Later as I reflected on my life, I wished for a moment, for the gift that was given to George in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the gift to see the impact my life has had on the lives of others. It’s not so easy to capsulate a real life, like they can in a movie, but what I do know for sure is that when our goals are tied to a purpose greater than ourselves everything becomes possible and fulfillment and happiness is the gift we receive.
My Productivity Challenge for 2013 is proving to be very beneficial. As I have become intentional around trying to understand “Discipline” (what I deem the great human struggle,) I am beginning to believe that Purpose is the cornerstone of all discipline.
Am I wrong?
Onward & Upward My Friends, Lisa