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Story of a sign

The real voyage of discovery consists of not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
Marcel Proust

You”ll never guess what; it is raining again.

On this cold wet Friday evening I feel blessed to be warm and dry. I am so grateful for the protection of my beautiful home. The sound of the torrential downpour taking place outside makes me think about people who are not as fortunate. So often it is the simplest things that we have in our lives that make such a difference and yet they are the very same things we take so for granted.

In my mind there are only a few things worth doing on a night like this and these include curling up in bed with a good book or watching a great movie. Tonight I discovered a short film version of the latter option.

Historia de un Letrero (The Story of a Sign) is a film by Alonso Alvarez Barreda which won the short film online competition at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. It is a good reminder of the power of being open to different perspectives. In this story merely changing the wording on a sign from “I am blind, please help” to “Today is a beautiful day and I cannot see it” evokes a totally different response from people.

We need to think carefully about the messages we transmit to ourselves and to others.

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