entertainment · Quotes

“When I choose to see the good side of things…It is strategic and necessary.”

Packed inside the breakneck crazy multiverse film Everything Everywhere All at Once is some real wisdom.

My favorite character is the unfailingly nice Waymond, the husband of the main character. One minute he seems a bit out of touch, and the next minute he is the man with the plan.

He embodies the idea that optimism is courageous and powerful. Being cynical and guarded might seem smart, but it will never land you on the moon or win a big battle. Did you ever hear a great general say, “I’m not sure we can do this, guys.” Being optimistic is strategic and necessary.

When I choose to see the good side of things, I’m not being naive. It is strategic and necessary. It’s how I learned to survive through everything.

Waymond from Everything Everywhere All at Once

Thank you, Waymond. 🙏

Side note: Ke Huy Quan, who played Waymond, was also the little kid in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and The Goonies. 🤯

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“Make glorious, amazing mistakes.”

Neil Gaiman, being a great writer, says a lot in just four words.

Make glorious, amazing mistakes.

Neil Gaiman

Note that he’s not saying to make dumb, easy, obvious mistakes. 🙃

If that’s enough to get you interested, he has more to say.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world.

It reminds me of Steve Jobs.

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“Why can’t things just be good?”

Kimi is a thriller about someone who steps in some 💩 working on a Siri– or Alexa-like voice assistant for a fictional company. It is a stylish, tech-savvy romp.

However, this quote stuck out for me when some characters were talking about having the “best” Thai food ever.

‘Why can’t things just be good? Why do things always have to be the best?’

Angela Childs (Kimi)

Hey, if it’s good Thai food, does it even matter if it’s the best Thai food? I just thought it was a cool observation nestled in the middle of a pretty good movie. 😜

👉 See also: “Comparison is the thief of joy” and perfect is the enemy of good.

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“All the ill that is in us comes from fear, and all the good from love.”

Fear makes people do stupid and crazy things.

Years ago, I vowed not to make any decisions driven by fear.

It’s not easy to do. But I’ve applied that idea most of the time (hey, I’m not perfect 🤷🏻‍♂️). And when I didn’t, I regretted it.

When you do kind and loving things, good things happen — not immediately and not 100% of the time, but overall they send you (and those around you) to good places.

Okay, Eleanor Farjeon said it better. 👇😛

All the ill that is in us comes from fear, and all the good from love.

Eleanor Farjeon

See also: “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.”