The Crumpler and I rented a couple of DVD’s to watch this weekend. After all, there’s nothing on TV these days with the Olympics done, not that there’s anything wrong with that. So we walk (waddle) out of Blockbuster (commuted there by bike natch) with movies about a couple of interesting people I’d never heard of before.
We started with a movie about Amiee Semple McPherson. Even though she was a woman of the early 1900′s, she felt called to preach and become a missionary, although this was considered to be men’s work. She didn’t listen to those who told her what she shouldn’t do and followed her heart and her calling, which I respect. She had a dramatic life and was clearly passionate about what she did. Harking back to my previous post– she certainly cared that people heard her and she was definitely heard.
Tonight’s move was about Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz and his family. Unlike Aimee Semple McPherson the religious evangelist, Doc was an evangelist of a different kind. Earlier in life, he was a prominent doctor in Hawaii before he eschewed the material lifestyle and became the ultimate surfer bum, met a woman and created a family of 8 boys and a girl. He has strong beliefs which varied quite a bit from Western society and lived his life according to these philosophies.
Both of these individuals lived according to their own calling. No excuses. They did great things and made their share of mistakes, which we can all say about ourselves, although they lived farther outside the norm that most. I enjoyed the movies. Gary’s and my quirks are boring in comparison, but that’s OK. We’re still living life our way and there’s nothing better than that.