Life is Funny That Way

You’re chatting with a friend, and they talk about something you’ve never heard before. In my case, it was ice wine. I suppose I’ve heard of ice wine, but I didn’t know anything about it. (I’m not a big drinker.) My friend tells me all about it—well, enough that now I know what it is and where you find it. The conversation ends, and I think very little about it for the rest of the week.

Jump ahead a few days, and I’m watching a television show with my husband. The main character walks into his flat and knows something is amiss. His table is covered with empty wine bottles and there is a party going outside on his balcony. He complains to the instigator that they have consumed his supply of ice wine.

The whole thing struck me as weird. Maybe it’s not a big deal, but this type of thing has been happening to me a lot lately. I have an idea for a story, and before I know it, it’s on the big screen, starring Harrison Ford or Jim Carey. Not kidding.

I do research on a subject, and a few months later, there is a big expose’ about it on the Nightly News. I mention that I haven’t seen a particular actor around n a while—What’s he been up to? I wonder. A few months later, he’s featured on the cover of a magazine and about to be the lead in the next big movie.

I don’t think I’m psychic or anything. I don’t really believe in a collective consciousness. I have my theories about such things, but a movie blog is hardly the place to post about that. I just think it’s funny. Maybe a sign. Certainly strange.

The one think I do know for sure, and these little quirks continue to confirm for me, is that we are all connected in this world, and our Creator knows exactly what we need and when we need it. I think of it as a back-up plan. Like the fact that multiple light bulbs and telephones were invented at nearly the same time in history, by unrelated individuals. What is supposed to happen will happen—because of or in spite of us.

The things we are supposed to know and dream of will become part of our lives. The stories that will teach us will be told, if not by one person, then by another. There is a great plan, and we’re all a part of it. The stories we hear, the movies we watch, the music we sing– they are important. They play their part. These funny little moments serve as reminders that I must pay attention. We all must pay attention and learn.

That’s a wrap for this Toast to Cinema. Thanks for reading.

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