"This Is It." My wife and I saw the movie last night. Marvelous. Michael Jackson as never known before.
I mean, I knew he was a supremely talented dancer and singer.
But as a person... I threw him into my weird tortured artist category. Watching him in real life as he rehearsed his "This Is It" show reveals a Michael Jackson who comes off first and foremost as a supremely nice guy.
Courteous, soft-spoken, gentle, harmonious, humorous, balanced.
That's my take on the movie. Then there's This Is It, the philosophy. Which is reflected throughout the film. Jackson and the other people in the film obviously are into It full bore.
At the beginning of the movie, one of the male dancers chosen for the production talked about how Michael Jackson had been a lifelong role model, how he dreamed of meeting up with him one day. And now, he had.
"This is it," he said.
Religions would have us believe otherwise. This world, this moment, this here-and-now, supposedly is an illusion (Eastern view) or a way stop before the final destination of heaven/hell (Western view).
But if we're always looking to be some place other than where we are, how are we ever going to feel at home? If we're continually seeking different food from what is right in front of us, won't we always be hungry?
Before we left for the movie theater I went on an early November Oregon dog walk around a nearby lake.
I hadn't seen "This Is It" yet. But all the way around the lake I kept feeling, this is it. There's nothing more wonderful than this. I'm rooted in reality, right here, right now.
It's said a lot, wordlessly, even when no one was around to get the message.
Seeing it silhouetted against the darkening sky, I felt like I heard the tree.
"This is it" sounds the same, no matter who speaks it. Silently or in words.
There's the sun. And there is us.
Aren't we beautiful together? We obscure some of the sunset. The sunset illuminates us.
We're partners in reality. Background and foreground. Near and far. Energy and matter. Light and dark.
I guess you could say one was more real.
Sometimes our saying doesn't have much to do with reality, though sometimes it does.
But this fallen leaf seemed just fine with how things are.
It was just a speck in the big lake picture. Yet it had a great view of the water.
One day it's going to fade from me also.
At that moment, that seemed OK.
Fading, I mean.
There's a beauty to brightness. But sunsets are appealing as well.
Of course, I was already there.