The Secret World of Arriety effected my flow.
5 Lessons for my kids (and for you) from the Secret World of Arriety
Based off the 1957 Novel by Mary Norton, The Borrowers, this film patiently tells a story that captivated not just me, a grown, busy man, but especially my 3 kids who normally could not stay awake after 8:30pm on a Friday night for anything exciting.
I had a hunch that the story about the Clock family, who stands at four-inches tall, and lives hidden in the floors and walls of a normal human family’s house, would draw their attention. Not so much for the obvious fantastical elements, but because with films like Spirited Away and Ponyo, I knew this film would serve as a well prepared treat for a Friday night.
MY IMMEDIATE REACTION
…the pacing was so patient, with masterful use and balance of silence and sound — seamlessly perfect!
So well done! The animation was a beautiful equilibrium of fantasy and realism.
The realism of it made me think of my childhood when I dreamed of having a secret lair. A tight closed – hidden space to crawl into. My warm and cozy headquarters, you know? It reminded me of the thousand adventures into my imagination as a kid.
Imagining what it could be like if I was only a few inches tall.
I admit, I have “Honey i shrunk the kids” to thank for this, and not the Mary Norton book, The Borrowers, but who cares! It got me pretending!
The voice acting was superb over all. Bridgit Mendler stood out as fully connected to Arrietty. I did find myself a bit detached with David Henrie‘s performance, as Shawn, the boy who sees Arrietty and her father, with his mellow tone, but I’m going to guess that was more of a director’s choice, given David’s more diversified range in Wizards of Waverly Place.
The sound and music whisked us away. We felt like we lived in that house with Arrietty and her new found friend.
Watching this film opened my mind and helped me consider some vital points to living a more effective life. It settled me into a fluid flow of thought on how to make the most of my relationships:
1) Regard family as the core – Build a family united with common traditions and goals. Flow together…
Arrietty’s respect for her father and his Borrowing expeditions showed how sacred it was to her and her family that the family remain unseen and only a fairy tale.
2) Redemption and Forgiveness – Face your mistake with a humble heart and pick up your flow stronger than before.
After seeing Arrietty, Shawn persisted in gaining her friendship. He selfishly sought to intrigue her to the point of breaking into their home to give them a gift. This eventually put Arrietty and her family in danger. Once he figured what he caused he acted whole heartedly on making amends. Literally!
3) Regarding friendship and loyalty – Simply unconditional!
So many times we modify our relationships to benefit “Me” and not the other. The focus for Shawn in the film was to convince Arrietty that her Secret was safe with him. Even risking his ailing heart, he took it upon himself to keep Arrietty safe and rescue her family.
4) Selflessness – Let go of selfish desires if they jeopardize the ones you love most.
Arrietty wanted to know Shawn. She was intrigued by this boy who obviously had a gentle soul and good heart. But she knew her friendship with him could ultimately put her family at risk and so she kept her distance. Same with Shawn, he accepted that Arrietty and her family had to move on in order to stay alive. So even though he would lose his only friend, he let her go.
5) Courage to overcome Fear – Trust your gut instinct to react the right way when all the chips are down. You’ve prepared to Flow so go now!!
Arrietty’s personality spirit filled her family with joy and her energy kept her father excited about sharing his expedition with his daughter. She prepared and her father prepared her for her first Borrowing expedition. So when the boy in the house spotted her, She did not yell or lose her demeanor, she hid quickly and swiftly. Her preparation eventually led to courage. Where she faced the great challenge to salvage the sacred hidden existence of her family.
Films give me so much to share with my kids and now with you. I hope you can consider these points as daily tools for you and your kids, or anyone that means the world to you. Let’s make full use of our potential to commit to one another. It honestly is the best gift we can give anyone we care deeply about.
And please use these lessons as a measuring tool. If they can’t abide by the same practice… in other words, if they can’t give as much as you do, then this might indicate a problem to be solved.
” ‘Til the next Blog Flow, let the MaJeLiv Flow”