Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.Mr. Rogers
I LOVE watching movies, unpacking stories and putting myself in the midst of all the action up on the screen. Being in my family has given me PLENTY of opportunities to dive into that fun hobby. If you do not follow my family on social media I guess I better explain what I mean by that.
About eight or so years ago our family started these Bradford Bunch movie days in which we would go to our local movie theater and choose a couple movies and watch them all day. So instead of going like once a month we go like three or four times in a single day once every couple of months. So Cinemark, why don’t you sponser us??
On this last Thanksgiving I watched so many movies it was ridiculous, I think my count was at six by the end of the week… which is a lot for me because I love to process things. Which leads me to go back and watch them a couple more times… However, one of the movies that stood out to me which turned out to be a lot different than what I expected, but it was still good. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood was that film.
Mr. Rogers, played by Tom Hanks, talks about whatever is mentionable is manageable and that idea has been bouncing around in my head ever since I heard that in the film. Now—Mr. Rogers actually says this in real life so it’s not something that the movie made up.
But—isn’t that such a profound statement? The way that is said just feels so empowering. It almost equips for stronger and bolder prayers because it verbally makes brokenness and suffering less powerful than the God that we believe in, and I think that is important.
Along with these things I’ve been processing my own journey with what it means to process and unpack what grace means for me. That grace is mentionable and that I get the blessing to shout that, that grace has been extended to me and others. And yet, giving myself and continuing to verbally and physically accept that grace is so challenging.
I think that grace is so hard to mention because it just isn’t a human quality, normally, and that is what makes it almost maddening to sit and process with it. But, if I took as little as five minutes every morning to mention grace and accept and process that heavy and free concept, how much would that change my life? How much would that change yours?
Let’s mention grace. Seriously, let’s talk about it to ourselves. Why not? Scared that it’ll change your life? Because it will.