When the movie, Bella, came out on the big screen, I remember hearing great things about it. Unfortunately, it wasn't playing near me, and I wasn't able to take the time to travel to see a movie.
I had it on my netflix queue for a while, and was pleased when it showed up in my mailbox last week. I took the time to watch it last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a wonderful movie -- full of strong messages of family, love and life. The characters were beautifully written, and well acted. I cried and I laughed, and I came away from the movie feeling good.
There are so many little decisions we make throughout our life that shape the paths we follow. While we don't really know how any single decision will impact the rest of our lives, when we look back we can start to pinpoint those critical choices. This movie does a fabulous job at showing how true that is.
It also shows how important a single act by a single person is. A simple act of kindness, a belief in the goodness of another, a willingness to share a story -- all those things can impact others in amazing and wonderful ways. I can look back at my life and remember those people that have had an impact on me. Some are no longer part of my life, and some were only part of my life for a brief moment, but they helped shape the person I am today.
If you haven't already seen Bella, I highly recommend that you watch it. I think you'll be glad you did!