A Grain of Truth

Sometimes I find a grain of truth hiding in the most ridiculous places.  I don't mean unexpected, I mean truly ridiculous. Like when I'm talking about my husband's personality vs. my personality, I always quote Stanley Hudson from The Office.

Stanley Hudson



If you've watched The Office for any length of time you probably remember the Stanley/Michael fight.  There is a line hidden in that dialogue that is an absolute gem.  Stanley, in expressing his utter frustration with Michael, says,

"Everything you do, I would do it a different way."

We are introvert/extrovert, details/dreams, overly-structured/what is structure?   No matter that 0ur end goals are shared, when it comes to methodology, yes.  Exactly, Stanley.

The other grain of truth I think of often - more and more often these days - is from the movie Armageddon.  You remember, the apocalyptic action movie from the 90's?   (I told you it was ridiculous.)

There is a scene where Owen Wilson (who plays a dingbat named Oscar) is getting strapped into the NASA space shuttle and is rambling to his friend (young Ben Affleck) about how he feels:

Ben Affleck:  "How you doin', Oscar?"

Owen Wilson: “Great.  I got that 'excited/scared' feeling.  Like 98% excited, 2% scared. Or maybe it’s more – it could be 2 – it could be 98% scared, 2% excited but that’s what makes it so intense."

This is the perfect commentary on dreaming big dreams.

It is the exact emotion that surges to the top when we take risks: when we stick our necks out for a project, try new things, and undertake tasks that we know are impossible in our own strength.

This is how I feel most days, like an oil driller strapped into a rocket.  Excited, scared, out of my league, but along for the ride.



In what unusual places have you found grains of truth that you keep coming back to?