”I think the mirror should be tilted slightly upward when it`s reflecting life — toward the cheerful, the tender, the compassionate, the brave, the funny, the encouraging, all those things — and not tilted down to the gutter part of the time, into the troubled vistas of conflict.”-Actress Greer Garson on modern movies.
I love this quote from one of Hollywood’s most captivating actresses from the 1930’s and ‘40’s. Greer Garson had a charm and grace that lifted up all who saw her movies. It’s been said her memorable performance as Mrs. Miniver, a brave British mother whose character encouraged many during WWII, did more for the war morale than any other campaigns or speeches. Such is the power of a story that focuses on the inspiring moments in life.
The Apostle Paul says in the fourth chapter of the book of Phillipians: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure,whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”( Phillipians 4:8). As humans we love to retell ugly stories, gossip and bad news. It’s just our nature. But, we have limited time on earth. Let us spend it, as Greer and the Apostle Paul who wrote the book of Phillipians suggest, with the mirror pointed upward.