Movie Gems

So I thought I would throw in a different medium here to talk about….Movies! Some of the movies that I’m going to list in this post aren’t necessarily true stories–but that is beside the point. These films are biguns and are absolutely inspiring. I think you know the type of caliber I’m talking about when I describe how you might have felt after seeing “Warrior.”  You walked in feeling tired or just fairly content and walked out wanting to change the world and become a UFC fighter.  See what I’m saying, there is power beyond measure in these movies like this.  They have the ability to move us out of our natural mundane mindset and into a frame-of-reference that enables us to live up to our potential.  Personally, I don’t understand why people want to watch gorey, scary films instead of something that uplifts them. So basically, if you want to watch a scary movie and be freaked out for the rest of the week–don’t call me to be included in on that ha. I want to watch something that is a quality film based off my own standards.  And to me, a quality film is one that has the ability to move me emotionally enough to want to become a better person–even after the reel is stops turning.

I wanted to put together some of my top favorite quotes from unforgettable movies to help get you started with creating/thinking about your own favorites list. So there is the challenge people! However, if you’re one of those thinking that this challenge isn’t for you (which is really is) then I want to issue a different challenge.  Next time you walk into a quality caliber of film,  let yourself become completely vulnerable.  Drop the walls and experience whatever emotions that naturally come to you fully.  Take note of the parts that move you and revisit the themes of the idea later on.  For me some of these quotes came in times that I was stretched emotionally, and therefore, these have great meaning to me–they inspire me.

Secretariat: My all-time favorite movie








“It’s not whether they think we won.  It’s whether we think we won.” – Penny’s father Chris Chenery

Remember the Titans

“This is where they fought the battle of Gettysburg. Fifty thousand men died right here on this field, fighting the same fight that we are still fighting among ourselves today. This green field right here, painted red, bubblin’ with the blood of young boys. Smoke and hot lead pouring right through their bodies. Listen to their souls, men. I killed my brother with malice in my heart. Hatred destroyed my family. You listen, and you take a lesson from the dead. If we don’t come together right now on this hallowed ground, we too will be destroyed, just like they were. I don’t care if you like each other or not, but you will respect each other. And maybe… I don’t know, maybe we’ll learn to play this game like men.”
“Remember kid, there’s heroes and there’s legends. Heroes get remembered but legends never die. Follow your heart, kid, and you’ll never go wrong.”
Rocky IV
“Going in one more round when you don’t think you can –
that’s what makes all the difference in your life.”
“Were gonna go inside, were gonna go outside, inside and outside. Were gonna get ’em on the run boys and once we get ’em on the run were gonna keep ’em on the run. And then were gonna go go go go go go and were not gonna stop ’til
we get across that goalline.” 
Coach Carter
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence
automatically liberates others.”
Love and Basketball
“All is fair in love and basketball.
Double or nothing.”
“My life is simple, my food is plain, and my quarters are uncluttered. In all things, I have sought clarity. I face the troubles and problems of life and death willingly. Virtue, integrity and courage are my priorities. I can be approached, but never pushed; befriended but never coerced; killed but never shamed.
Forever Strong
“Let’s focus on where you could end up, not where you were or are.”
(As for this picture I included….Yep, I couldn’t resist. Hello number 12 😉 )

J-Mac Revisited

So lately this story has been blowing up the news feed on facebook.  This story is about an absolutely incredible autistic kid named “J-Mac” who served as a team manager for a high school basketball team for years.  The coach finally allowed J-Mac to suit up in an actual uniform like the players for the final game of the season.There was originally no intention for J-Mac to play in the actual, however, in the final minutes J-Mac made an appearance on the court.  Story spoiler alert! J-Mac doesn’t only appear in the game, he completely tears it up. After his first three-point shot, people were amazed. After his second and third three-pointer? People were absolutely in disbelief and amazement.  I am also one of those who watched in utter disbelief and also with a vision of a complete miracle.

The story of J-Mac appeared on record in the media in 2006–I remember watching it back then on the ESPY’s as he received awards.  I remember smiling ear-to-ear as he walked up to the ESPY Award’s stage in a slick tuxedo to claim his prize.  Seeing this video again on Facebook reminded me of the miracles that do happen in the world everyday.  How cool is it that Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, and the likes, allow us to revisit and post these stories again?  I encourage you to step out of your box on these social networking sites and re-post something that inspired you! You will never know how your post about a story that touched you will impact someone else.  I am amazed at the power and influence we can all have just by our new social-networking sites alone.

As for J-Mac, I love you.  I’m grateful that so many news networks picked up on this young boy.  I’m also beyond grateful that there are people in this world that chase after their dreams and passions regardless of disability, opinions, and odds.  With enough passion and drive put into your work you can be successful and even further, you can help others to be successful as well. The odds might be against you at times, like they were for J-Mac, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be successful.  All people need in this world is just one big break. Atta baby J-Mac, keep working hard.

He believes the world is his for the taking–regardless of what anyone says. Be the one who follows J-Mac’s principle. Don’t let anyone or anything stand in the way of your dreams–

We Are Stronger-Gold’s Gym

Everyone is always talking about how to be a little better.  A little stronger. A little smarter. To bed a little earlier. Love a little deeper.  Speak a little sweeter. The list goes on and on. Life is all about progress and what we all desire so strongly is to be successful at just that.  Stand-stills in life are scary.  We all can sense uneasiness in our own lives when these stand-stills happen and realize that can step up–in our own way. And for our own reasons.

One of the most common things people agree they can improve on is physical health.  This doesn’t come as a surprise as media has taken over advertisements–showing us the newest ways to get these sought after results. What are the most effective ads that you have seen? I mean, what commercial comes on that makes you want to jump up and go on a run?  What picture of Janet  Jackson style abs makes you want to buy an ab-lounge?  What is it that gets your motor running and your mind thinking you need to make a change?

Well, this commercial put out by Gold’s Gym did the trick for me–

Actually, I was at the gym on a treadmill when I saw this commericial for the first time but after watching this, my run was extended for another 15 minutes.  The point I’m trying to make here is what makes us tick? What inspires us and why does it do this? We all realize we need to make changes in our lives….but what media messages get the ball moving?  This message put out by Gold’s Gym really just did the trick for me because of relatability.  I realized that I could make a change and do it for my own reasons–some of which were listed in the commerical.  The simple commercial painted a powerful visual, mental, and emotional image that hit home–

What do you guys think?  Did this advertisement inspire and do the trick for you too?  Or what do you think would? Or what ones have?