Our main family activity is watching movies, and this holiday weekend was no exception. Joel and I took our son Noah to see Kung Fu Panda 2 over the holiday weekend, ignoring / not reading the negative reviews. As we predicted, we all enjoyed the movie. Joel and I have observed over the years that if a movie has anything that smacks of a message that's remotely spiritual, the average (pun intended here) movie reviewer curls up into a ball like a pillbug and spits venom of varying strengths. Per Joel's sage advice: mild spoiler alert before you proceed.
While not as kick-butt inspiring as the first Kung Fu Panda, there were two great messages.
The first, voiced by the Kung Fu Panda, Po: "You gotta let go of that stuff from the past, because it just doesn't matter," Po tries telling the villain, Shen.
The second, and equally-if-not-more-powerful message: once you let go of the past, you can choose who you will be, and do. To be the Dragon Warrior, even if you're an overweight, joyous clown of a panda who still eats too much.
Once you release the past, center and achieve inner peace, what is your true vocation? What speaks to you? What gives you joy? What will provide enough to pay for the wants and needs of you and yours? (E.g., as many dumplings and as much noodle soup as you can eat to your heart's content?) And what will continue to give you inner peace?