Light and Darkness

Etched into our collective souls is the fear of the dark, and the longing for the light. What if our purpose was to go to the darkest places, and then shine? Not because they were dark, but because there was no light. There is a difference there.Image

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Review: Lone Survivor

Poster art for "Lone Survivor."

Lone Survivor is one of the best films I’ve seen in years, and I’d put it right beside Saving Private Ryan in the war genre. It is that good. The action sequences are relentless, gritty, and real. There is an emotional depth to Lone Survivor that I’d hoped to see, and the movie exceeded my expectations. That the movie is grounded on Marcus Luttrell’s true story gives the film great meaning.

There are heroes humping through the mountains of Afghanistan as I write from the comfort of my home, a forgotten war still being waged. My deepest gratitude goes out to the men and women serving our country and risking their lives.

The film manages to encapsulate some of the dilemmas with this war, without being preachy. There are significant problems with the Rules of Engagement because our troops are fighting an insurgency that melts back into the civilian population. And there is the problem of logistics and “too many moving parts” which puts our soldiers often unnecessarily in harms way.

We see the fear, sacrifice, brotherhood and blood of heroes. I wept as the credits rolled, feeling both grateful and inadequate, having done little of worth with my own life. I highly recommend this movie.

Is Fear Driving You Forward or Dragging You Under?

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Kristen Lamb's Blog

This GORGEOUS image via Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of Aimannesse Photography This GORGEOUS image via Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of Aimannesse Photography

Fear is a funny thing. We all experience it. Fear can be positive. It can keep us out of danger. It can stop us from making a super dumb decision, like getting in a car with a driver who’s been drinking too much. Fear can drive us to change for the better. At the same time, fear can cripple and, in extreme cases, can be deadly (I.e. suicide). Fear kills more dreams than failure ever has.

Fear is something we have to understand and respect. It’s a feeling and feelings do lie. Are feelings useful? Of course. But they can be affected by so many outside influences we are foolish to solely rely on them for guidance. Feelings can be affected by weather, diet, lack of exercise, a flat tire, a pile of unopened mail, stress, and on and on…

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