Joe Versus the Volcano

There is this great movie with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Many people have missed it, but it has so many amazing moments that it’s definitely my favorite.

Wikiquote describes it as follows:

Joe Versus the Volcano is a 1990 film about a hypochondriac who learns that he is dying and accepts an offer to throw himself in a volcano at a tropical island so that an industrialist can get a mining concession from the superstitious natives. Along the way, he finds love and learns to truly live.

One line, in particular, links so perfectly with The Perfect Day and what it’s all about that it replays in my mind almost daily.

Tom and Meg are on a yacht, “The Tweedle-Dee”, and over dinner under the stars she says:

My father says almost the whole world’s asleep. Everybody you know, everybody you see, everybody you talk to. He says only a few people are awake. And they live in a state of constant, total amazement.

In those few words it explains so much of what we face every day. The daily slog, the consumerism, the eternal search for the perfect stuff to fill our lives. And also, to mindfulness, a state of amazement, waking up and seeing clearly.

The Perfect Day Joe vs the Volcano

I want to be awake too.

And, even if it does so in a small way, my Perfect Day reminds me to stop and think about what I’m doing. And that what I’m doing is something I can choose, or at the very least influence.

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