I watched a great movie last night…Hugo. I didn’t hear much about it when it was at the movie theater, but it won 5 Academy awards, so I was curious. It’s a wonderful movie and I highly recommend it. It’s the story of a boy who lost his father and ends up living in a train station, taking care of the clocks. The cinematography is absolutely stunning, and I can only imagine how beautiful it looks on the big screen. It is set in Paris in the 1930s. The boy’s father repaired clocks and taught his son the delicate workings of machines and how to fix them. Without giving away the ending, the boy shares with us his idea that the world is a big machine and that each one of us has a purpose, just like the small gears and pieces of a clock. And that if one part is broken, the machine does not work. He eventually discovers that his purpose is fixing things, and that also includes people.
What a beautiful message. On this planet we have over 7 billion people, and it’s easy to feel insignificant and small. So many of us don’t feel like we have a purpose, or at times we lose sight of what we believe is our purpose. I love the idea that we are like a big machine and that each and every part has a purpose and is necessary. Also, if you are broken; feeling lost, disconnect, unhappy, or not expressing your true self, the machine as a whole is not working properly.
I think we can all agree that our big machine, the Earth, is not working properly. We are facing many major challenges as a planet and as a race. It’s no longer just “that country’s problem”. We are in the midst of a global energy crises and with political and social tensions at an all time high, we are perhaps facing destruction of the human race if we don’t learn to work together, and to help each other find solutions to our common problems.
So, what can “I” do about it? I know it feels overwhelming when we consider all of the challenges we face today, and its hard to imagine that you, being just one person, can make a difference in the world. But if we see ourselves as small, but very necessary, parts of a big working machine, and that if the machine is to work its best, you and all the other parts must be working. We will then know that our part is vital to the working and healing of our planet. Additionally, it may be that in order for you to do your part well, you will have to help others discover their part and help get them “fixed”. In other words, your job may be to help others find and live their purpose. I believe this is our destiny. It should be the goal of every living person on this planet, all 7 plus billion, to find and live their purpose in the world. Otherwise, the our big machine will not run properly, and eventually it could stop running altogether.