Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Butterfly Circus

Found this short film this morning.  To quote the movie's website,

At the height of the Great Depression, the showman (Eduardo Verastegui) of a renowned circus leads his troupe through the devastated American landscape, lifting the spirits of audiences along the way. During their travels they discover Will (Nick Vujicic), a man without limbs at a carnival sideshow, but after an intriguing encounter with the showman he becomes driven to hope against everything he has ever believed.

Filmed in just 12 days with a cast and crew of 150 people, The Butterfly Circus quickly began winning awards at a whole slew of film festivals, including the first Clint Eastwood film award. Will is played by Nick Vujicic, an Australian pastor and international motivational speaker who was born with tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare genetic disorder in which the individual is born without arms or legs. I've heard Mr Vujicic speak before and he is one of those gung-ho people whose energy is infectious. He is the founder of the non-profit organization Life Without Limbs.


The film is short- just a smidgen over 20 minutes- but powerful and affirming. I encourage you to shut the door, turn off the radio/tv/ipod/whatever, take a deep breath and give yourself time to watch this beautiful, calm short film. The message applies to each and every one of us in our own way and I very much want to share that affirmation with you, my beautiful butterfly readers.

The butterfly to close today's post is a very special butterfly but you need to do something for me in order to see it. Go take a quiet look in the mirror. Look at yourself for a full minute. Neither think nor say anything negative about yourself. Then take another deep breath and dive into today's tank of water.

Thank you for visiting today-- have a great one!