I cried through “Frozen II” on Friday night, and I’m still thinking about how sweet it is that a cartoon can be both a form of entertainment and a thoughtful study of self.
Hear me out.
Sometimes I feel like I need to be watching a cutting edge Oscar-nominated film at the independent theater down the street while drinking a glass of wine…buuuut I’ll take a bit of Disney and a bucket full of popcorn the size of my head every once in awhile.
Call it a palate cleanser.
This year, I met a darkness I have never known. It was powerful, heavy, and hard. I questioned everything - myself, my marriage, my friendships, my family. I felt passed over, horribly used, and divinely flawed.
So when Disney encouraged a barely beating heart to simply, “do the next right thing,” it felt strangely like a salve.
Overwrought, of course.
But sometimes the “next right thing” is all you can do. Sometimes, that blind stumbling towards the light is perpetuated by simple and quiet decisions.
If you’re in a bleak season, I hope this serves as a quiet reminder: you’re not alone. Your secret battles are worth fighting.
Show up, because the darkness fades.
Show up, because the light will come.
Do the next right thing, because freedom is found in that trek onward.
The world is both tender and terrible, but it is the balance of both that makes it our own. - 14 minutes ago