Saturday Cinema: The Elevator –     –        (3 min, 38 sec) 

[If good things come in small packages and a picture is worth a thousand words, then this short-film is worth your time.  The idea behind my occasional Saturday Cinema selection is to give you something to think and pray about.  Please share your thoughts and ideas by leaving a comment.]   

When you think you control something, 
you’re wrong.
It’s amazing how often we think 
we’re in control of something when really we aren’t.
Control is an illusion, as I’ve said many times before.
We constantly make plans that 
never actually turn out the way we envisioned. 
‘If you want to make God laugh, make a plan,’ an old saying goes….

Consider the fish. 
A fish swims in a chaotic sea 
that it cannot possibly control — 
much as we all do. 
The fish, unlike us, 
is under no illusion that it controls 
the sea, or other fish in the sea. 
The fish doesn’t even try 
to control where it ends up — 
it just swims, either going with the flow 
or dealing with the flow as it comes. 
It eats, and hides, and mates, 
but does not try to control a thing.
We are no better than that fish, 
yet our thinking creates the need for an illusion.
Let go of that thinking. Learn to be the fish.
— Leo Babauta



About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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2 Responses to Saturday Cinema: The Elevator –     –        (3 min, 38 sec) 

  1. Gail Bays says:

    This was great Father Paul.

  2. Kelly Rose says:

    I always feel safer driving my car than flying in a plane? I know the statistics. But I get on a plane, and I’m terrified? And this phobia has increased exponentially with age?
    “I’m just so scared all the time, makes me one more reason why the world is dangerous.”
    From the song: “Truth, No. 2” by the Dixie Chicks.

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