Collateral Beauty

My husband and I went to see Collateral Beauty yesterday, and let me tell you, that movie will have you feeling all the feels.

I love anything that makes me think; books, movies, a tv show, it doesn't matter. And if it makes me think about life (in a good way) then extra bonus!

So this movie had me thinking about the three major concepts that it confronts, and that we all confront in life: Death, Time, and Love.


Death. It will happen to all of us at some point. We will all die, which is hard to accept, but most people don't really know it's coming with enough advanced notice to be able to accept it anyway. What's more difficult to accept is when we lose someone close to us. Sometimes, it can feel like a betrayal. Other times, it can feel like we've been robbed. 

I am a believer. I believe in God, I believe in Jesus Christ, I believe in the Holy Spirit, and I believe in Heaven. That being said, I also believe that death is an end. It is an end to everything we know and understand about this life as it is. What comes after death is hard to fathom, hard to grasp, hard to explain. For that reason, for the apparent finality of it, death is scary.

Time. Though mankind has come up with many ways to measure it, with clocks, calendars, years, weeks, days, hours, seconds, it is still hard to quantify. Just the other day, my brother and I were discussing this very thing, and he said "Time is the only thing we have on this earth where we never really know how much of it we have." 

He's right. We never know how much time we have. We are not guaranteed tomorrow. Hell, we're not even guaranteed the rest of today. So we should live each day to the fullest, right? I know it's so cliche, "live each day as if it were your last," but we really should. Any given day could be our last. What do we have to lose by giving our loved ones an extra kiss before we leave, or snuggling our kids a little longer before bedtime? Time is such a precious commodity, and it is a nonrenewable resource. When we run out, we're out, and we cannot get it back. Remember that.

Love. So many songs, poems, books, movies, plays, and letters written, and all based on such an immeasurable concept. Love, real love, defies everything. It breaks every rule, every boundary, every wall. We can love someone who has passed away, we can love someone we've never met (pregnancy, anyone?) we can love pets, we can love hobbies, we can love music. We can love spouses, kids, parents, friends, siblings, and even strangers. 

Love is something that absolutely everyone, EVERYONE, needs. There isn't a person living who doesn't need to know and feel that they are loved. And I'm not sure that there is a person alive who have never loved someone or something. Love has the power to unify, to empower, to heal, to calm. Love never fails. Seriously. 

Love is with us in the pain, and it's with us in the joy. Love is there when we're surrounded by family and friends, and it's there when we are alone. Love is the ultimate gift that will cost you nothing and everything to give away. Love is the key to everything, the beginning and the end to the story... 

So I didn't write this as a movie review. To be succinct in my "review" of the movie, it was great and you should go see it! But I wrote this because I just wanted to share what the movie made me think and feel. I mean, that's the point of art, right? It's supposed to cause a reaction, a stirring of feelings, thoughts and emotions. 

Well, I left the theater feeling as though I want to use the time I have wisely, and I want to use it to love more fiercely, because, the truth is, I never know when death might come knocking...

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas, and I hope you have a happy new year!

I’ll hit the lights and you lock the doors
Tell me all of the things that you couldn’t before
Don’t walk away, don’t roll your eyes
They say love is pain, well darling, let’s hurt tonight
— OneRepublic, Let's Hurt Tonight


LesLeigh J.