Stock your minds

Posted: July 9, 2014 in Uncategorized
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One of my most favorite movies of all time has to be “Angela’s Ashes“.  The movie is based on the auto biography of the American writer and author Frank Mccourt.

Because of fiscal hardship Franks family moved from the United States back to Ireland. In Ireland it seemed like things went from bad to worse for the Mccourt family. I am telling you this family had it rough! I would love nothing more than to go on here and explain the whole movie to you, but I won’t you have to go watch it. Go ahead you will not  regret watching it.

There is a scene in the movie where Frank goes to school and a teacher is speaking to the boys and it is from this scene that we get the movies most powerful and poignant line:

“He says, you have to study and learn so that you can make up your own mind about history and everything else but you can’t make up an empty mind. Stock your mind, stock your mind. You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace.”

― Frank McCourtAngela’s Ashes


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Spoiler alert here… At the hands of the teacher who tells Frank this he falls in love with literature. Despite his poverty Frank will grow up to be a writer and teacher and a good one at both he was.

Sometimes we can feel like nothing belongs to us. They take away your parking spot at work, they may even down size and take away your spot at work. Neighborhoods are subjected to gentrification at alarming rates. Everything can seem fleeting but the last refuge the one place they cannot touch you is the mind. Treat it right take care of it. For the mind truly is a palace.

Now what I described is true for almost everyone out there. There is a small sliver of the population who do not even really own their mind. Men and women who suffer from varying degrees of mental illness work hard to gain any amount of control over the palace that we stock and take refugee in. Mental illness is a different kind of hell and the men and women who live with it are brave and deserve our kudos and respect. The stigma that is sometimes associated with mental health sufferers is a shameful one and should be avoided. After you have watched the movie you should cruise on over to the NAMI website.  On the website you can learn about mental health issues and maybe make a donation.

I am so grateful today. Grateful that I am not living in that hell and that I can take advantage of my “palace”. I hope this gratitude spurs action in me, and that I learn something new everyday. This is my hope for you as well






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