If you haven’t seen the The Guardians Of The Galaxy 2, spoiler alert! It was an enjoyable movie and it made me laugh out loud, something I haven’t done in a while. It wasn’t anything new so to speak but they serve as great reminders in life and business. Drax must have gotten all the best lines in my book though.
One scene in the movie has Nebula speaking to her sister Gamora, “All we do is yell at each other! We’re not friends! Drax went on to say, “No…we are family.” Sometimes we can be the most honest and brutal to the ones closest to us. Perhaps our guard is completely down and we can be ourselves warts and all. Honesty is the best policy but perhaps saying things a little gentler might make the message more effective. When shouting at loved ones or colleagues, everyone can hear you but is anyone listening?
Another lesson was when Drax was insulting Mantis on her looks. Coming from Drax, beauty is really in the eyes of the beholder where he wants his woman with a bit of meat to her bones. In a poignant moment, he said “Beautiful people never know where they stand, but when an ugly person is loved,they know that it is for who they really are.”
I have to say I’ve had two people commenting on my physical attributes which really affected me (there could be more that I am not aware of!). It mattered in both these cases because there were people I cared for and to think after all I’ve contributed and given, they could only see me at face value. Two ways of looking at this, work on my physical attributes and let it eat at my soul OR take it as a learning opportunity to know what these people are really made of.
When working on your business, it may not look very pretty at the beginning but you know it’s beautiful inside. I remember the early days at BFM when no one has heard of the station or understood what it was trying to do, I could already see the “beauty” of what the organization was trying to do for the community at large. Is that how you see your business at the moment? The beauty inside?
Peter Quill ends the movie paying a tribute to Yondu, his “daddy” and remembers how he was searching for his biological father all his life, “Sometimes, the thing you’ve been looking for your whole life, is right there beside you all along.” Whether it’s a life partner, your job or your business, we sometimes miss the forest for the trees. We search for the “one” who will give you sparks or the next “exciting” business venture and not pay attention to what’s in hand. Everything takes effort and time and what’s worth it will come with some struggle and ho-hum moments too. I’m working on my next book and while I can’t wait for the finished product, there a lot of tedious moments behind the scenes like writing it! How do you make each moment meaningful will be the question. Most apt to end with this awesome song.