I love movies! Anyone who knows me knows that I love watching movies, and I will watch and analyze the same movie over and over again. Besides the entertainment value, movies can be inspirational.
One such movie is “Sister Act” from 1992 with Whoopi Goldberg. Wait. What? A Whoopi Goldberg movie being inspirational? Okay, maybe not the entire movie, but a portion of it, as it relates to the growth of the character of Sister Mary Robert, played by Wendy Makkena.
When Sister Mary Clarence (Goldberg) takes refuge in the convent and first meets the choir, she’s suddenly thrust into the position as leader of the choir. As Goldberg takes the reins of the group, she notices Sister Mary Robert (Makkena) blending into the background and only mouthing the words to the songs. Mary Clarence then brings Mary Robert front and center. Goldberg’s character explains that Mary Robert needs to sing loud enough to be heard over the noise of a diner, with clacking silverware and loud waitresses. Finally, Mary Robert’s voice is heard, and it’s a sweet one. Throughout the course of the movie, Mary Robert is more front and center with the choir, and doing more solos when they perform. She’s come out of her shell and is no longer hiding in the back, just mouthing the words.
How often do we find ourselves hiding and merely going through the motions? Do you have big dreams, but are plagued with self-doubt? As I may have mentioned before, I’m reading a book by Alli Worthington called “Standing Strong.” In it, Worthington talks about “playing small.” In the sense of not letting comparison, fear, or self-doubt hold you back from pursuing your dreams, or just living your life to the fullest.
Mary Robert was playing small – not letting her gifts come out because of fear, and not believing she had a true talent.
Recently, I’ve come to believe there’s no such thing as ordinary. Whether you’re a CEO, a writer, a waiter/waitress, or a housewife (or househusband), you are extraordinary. It doesn’t matter what job you have! Anything we choose to do in our lives has value. Any time we come around friends to laugh and enjoy, or comfort and console, we’re offering something special to them – something extraordinary.
Yes, there are times we feel like we’re living in a mundane world, with routine lives, feeling plain and not special. But that’s not true.
In a recent post on this blog, I asked what you wanted to be when you grew up. Is there a dream you haven’t achieved yet? For some, their lives may have taken a completely different direction, and they never had the opportunity to pursue their dreams. Goals can go by the wayside when we have the responsibility of a family and bills to pay.
That being said, remember Friends, you are not a failure. Maybe your time just hasn’t come. Or maybe you were destined for something else. I don’t know what God had in mind for you, but I know we have the ability to make our circumstances worse or better, by our own attitude. Even if we’re not where we want to be in our job or in our life, doesn’t mean we aren’t extraordinary. We can offer each other so much, just by giving of ourselves.
I’m blessed to be on a new path these days. I’m a college student again, finally completing my bachelor’s degree that I started over 40 (gasp!) years ago. Will school make me extraordinary? No, not necessarily. But school is proving to me that I’m not too old to keep pursuing my dreams. I’m not too old to influence those around me. I don’t have to keep playing it small.
My new mindset is going to be “There’s no such thing as ordinary.” Remember, you are special. You matter. You are extraordinary.
Do you believe this? Let me hear your thoughts. And let’s encourage one another.
2 thoughts on “Being Extraordinary”
Hi Jan — Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts. How fun to finish your senior year with your kids. Previously, I attempted to go back to school, and ended up having the same professors as my daughter. It was strange, yet cool, to follow in her footsteps!
You’ll have to watch Sister Act (it’s on Disney-plus, if you subscribe to that service). It’s pretty silly, but has a nice feel to it.
Hope YOU have an extraordinary day!
You’re just now finishing a bachelor’s degree? YOU GO, GIRL! I went back to college as a middle-aged grownup person when my older son went off to college and the younger one entered high school. We all finished our senior years the same semester.
I haven’t seen the movie “Sister Act,” but I did see a stage production several years ago. You are spot-on reminding us not to let lack of confidence hold us back.
Keep being extraordinary!
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