Eudemonia is an anglicanized spelling of the word Eudaimonia or eudaemonia. It is a Greek word that means happiness or welfare; directly translated to mean "human flourishing". This blog will contain articles that will discuss getting the best out of your life and making postive life choices.
Today I went and saw the movie that
has had a lot of hype for months called “DJANGO UNCHAINED” and it was all that it was
promised to be and more. Quentin Tarantino the writer/producer and director out
did himself this time. It is starring Jamie Fox, Kerry Washington, who plays’s
DJango’s wife, Walton Goggins, Samuel L. Jackson just to name a few. Just imagine, taking a story about slavery,
adding a love story to it along with a western feel and humor and drama. The
story line took place two years before the Civil War and was told in such a way which made
slavery very realistic. At the same time, the movie poked fun at slavery and showed how
stupid it was as well as racism or any other systematic system that belittles
other human beings.At the same time it
is easy to look at with an exemption of a couple of violent scenes and the over
use of the “N” word, but this was necessary to the movie to make the story line realistic
and valid to that time.
In this movie the underdog prevailed. The movie is a good message about
justice.And if you want to see a love
story, a story of slavery and a story about justice and a very realistic story line, this
is the movie for you. Just like all of Tarantino movies, it is unpredictable. He
flips the script in the middle of the movie. When you think it is almost over, the carpet is pulled from under you and the movie takes a totally different direction.
"DJango Unchained" has been given a lot
of criticism from some of its peers like Spike Lee and other people in Holly Wood.
Lee feels that it is inappropriate to put the ills of slavery on the screen.
Keep in mind that Spike Lee has not seen the movie and has been criticized for
not liking any movie that he hasn’t produced himself. Respectfully disagreeing with Lee, it is
necessary to put the social ills of our nation’s bitter history on the screen.
It was realistic, respectful and reminds us how crazy it was and still is. A
nation that does not know its history will indeed repeat it. So we must never
There was another movie that was
originally written called DJango in 1966 written and directed by Italian Sergio
Cobucci and described as a Spaghetti western. It is quoted as “A coffin-dragging gunslinger enters a town caught between two
feuding factions, the KKK and a gang of Mexican Bandits. That man is Django,
and he is caught up in a struggle against both parties”http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060315/ If one looks at the trailer of this
movie it seems far more violent as the current remake “ Django Unchained”.
“ Django Unchained” is a movie with
a lot of messages and symbolism on many levels. So make sure you pay close
attention to what is said, how it is said and what happens. It is poetry on the
screen.Jamie Foxx gives a stellar performance
along with Kerry Washington and Samuel L Jackson who steals the movie. I suggest all to go see this movie. Out of five
stars I give it all five to Django. Go
see it, and remember that this is not a movie that you would want to bring any
one under the age of 16.
This blog became a commitment to me in
response to a dear friend ending his life. After talking to him just a week
before he ended his life, I saw no signs that he was that unhappy. But after
thinking of his behavior, there were signs that there was a dark side. With
this being said, I'm moved to make this post and to express that no matter how
anxious we get and no matter what we are going through we can choose to be
happy. Nothing in this world can conquer us no even death. No matter what we
are going through be it a loss of a loved one, an illness, financial issues we
can offer all that is not positive and offer this up to the cross. We can
choose happiness. So if anyone feels down and anxious this holiday season,
reach out to those who really care for you. Talk to whoever will listen. Keep
negative people away from you. And forgive those friends who you may be upset
with over trivial things. Participate in your faith or at the least be charitable.
And if you feel that you can't cope, seek out for professional help. Therapy
really works. God is present through this process. So today, I pledge that I
will forgive those that I haven't. Life is short. And I pledge that I will
write some type of publication on Choice Theory. (Choosing to be happy) God
came on earth and became flesh and dwelt among us so that we may have life and
more abundantly. So I choose to be happy. For
some, Christmas is one of the joyous parts of the year. It brings us together
as family and friends. The spirit of giving and of party brings joy and
happiness to many. However for some it may be the worst part of the year. It
can be depressing overwhelming and the loneliness time of year. If you fall in
the latter category, it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are a few steps to
avoid getting the seasonal blues.
your expectations conservative. Don’t expect too much out of the holiday. So
many of us get frustrated because we don’t get the perfect gift or we don’t get
invited to the most popular party. Or the food is not quite right, or the
biggest issue, not having the money to spend on gifts. These are real reason
that could make the season blue for us. But there is so much more to the
season. Christmas has become far too commercialized and we forget the true
meaning of Christmas. It is about celebrating the birth of Christ. It is about
new beginnings. It is about putting the past behind us and starting fresh and
new. All the other superficial things may be nice but getting caught up in the
mass scheme of the commercialization of a religious holiday can take away the
true meaning of the spirit. So keep your expectations simple. In fact have no
expectations and just go with the flow.
for Christmas. The season is more about giving than anything else. Go to
organizations and help serve a meal. Or collect toys for children this season
to donate to a shelter or some other organization. Better yet collecting items
for seniors that they can really use is a great idea as well. There are many
retirement centers and nursing homes that would be open to these donations. The
greatest feeling in the world is giving to those less fortunate. The response
of appreciation can be far more gratifying than receiving a gift from someone.
Especially when half the time it is an item you don’t want and can’t even use.
3. Keep positive people around you. If you find
yourself falling into a depressive mode, hang out with your friends. At times
when we feel down, we may tend to isolate ourselves from everyone. Amir A.
Afrkami, MD PHD wrote in Psychology Today, stated that if we find ourselves
depressed during the season isolation is the worst thing. Hang with friends
which are your family that you choose; People whose company that we enjoy can
be best. And be mindful of difficult family dynamics. We all have that foolish
person in our family that takes away from our good spirits. They are who they
are. It is important not to allow those people to bring you down. And sometimes
it is ok to be a little selfish to cut short a visit or not to visit at all if
it takes away from you feeling whole. After all it is your life and you are in
charge of your own happiness. If you find yourself depressed, limit your alcohol
consumption. Alcohol is a depressant. It will enhance whatever mood you are in.
And when you are coming down from your high the next day, it will make you feel
even that much worse.
let us not forget what Christmas is truly about. It would make our holidays
more joyous even though we may not be into it, if we stick to the real reason
for the meaning of Christmas, it could be more meaningful than ever before.