So I am not a big movie person. After Trauma blindsided me, most movies, songs, and media experiences felt like a Trigger Time-bomb waiting to happen. But every now and then, a movie comes along that is worth my time and my ten dollar bill.
The Greatest Showman was this for me.
Although seeing this movie was a triggering experience for me, the underlying message of all that it had to say was worth the initial painful reaction.
Everything in this movie seemed to tell my story.
Of course, there is the wife who is walking the tightrope of being married to a man who can find “Never Enough” in his pursuit of filling the God-shaped holes in himself, most painfully in a relationship with another woman, which felt undeniably close to home.
But there are also the “renegades” who feel isolated and broken, finding the inner strength to say “This is Me!” and leave shame at the door.
And this week, I have found myself as I have been working Step 6 praying to “Let this promise in me start, like an Anthem in my heart…From now On!” As I belt this song from the top of my lungs in my car, I feel the joy of “Coming Home” to that indescribable feeling of Oneness with my Higher Power that comes when I am FINALLY “entirely ready” to let go of the fear or coping strategies that have been keeping me in the cage.
For me, this movie was the story of my addict, the story of me, and ultimately, the story of both of our redemption, coming home to each other and our God…learning that NOTHING will ever be “Enough” without Him at the center of our lives.
I would love to hear what you loved, or hated, about this movie, and the connections you made to recovery through its story and music. Please share your thoughts!
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