Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Books TV & Movies - Welcome

   Almost everyone loves a good movie.  An entertaining TV show.   A great book.  But I'm sorta hooked on them.   Most people consider a movie, or TV show, or even a book, a distraction from normal, daily life.   I'm distracted if I'm not watching a movie, or TV show, or reading a book.   I guess you could say that I consider it more "learning" than mere entertainment.  I'm always looking to learn something new, or find something inspiring or motivating.  

   Don't get me wrong.  I can enjoy a movie or TV show or book just for the sheer enjoyment of it.  And I do.  But wrapped into each story, whether it be fiction or non-fiction, is a life lesson to be learned.  And I try to look for them, and not miss any of them.  I always love to have someone recommend a good movie, or TV show, or book.

   One of my friends was really into "Breaking Bad".  One weekend he suggested that I check it out.  I did.  I did not watch every episode as he has multiple times.  But I did watch enough of them to find out that I enjoyed the show.  Some may not like it.  Some have told me that it somehow would lead someone into trying drugs.  But, if you really watched the series, it was showing that drugs can lead into a world of insecurity and trouble.  

  Then there's the old TV shows : one of my favorites is the "Andy Griffith Show".   A Christian author found so many lessons to be learned in this show that he developed a Sunday School or church teaching program from this TV show.  From the themes of "Sheriff-without-a-Gun", to Opie and the Birds, to Aunt Bee and her blonde wig, it teaches us lessons of courage, and trust, and honesty, sometimes through the show character's mistakes and troubles.

   I've enjoyed my share of movies.  I often go to the movies with a buddy of mine.  But he and I sometimes diverge when it comes to movies.  He likes the action-packed type of movie, with a thrill-a-minute and a hero or villain as the lead role.   I tend to go for a more inspiring or amusing movie, with a story plot with lots of twists and turns and character development.  I love a good comedy, but I'm also into suspense and drama also.

  I also enjoy a good book now and then.  I'm trying to read more.  I'd like to invest my time into learning by reading.  Sometimes a good book that takes all afternoon (or longer) to read is better than a two-hour movie.   Someone once said that a man can take an entire lifetime to learn from his mistakes, but a wise man can learn from someone's mistakes by reading a book.  (SOMETHING LIKE THAT!)

  I'll be sharing more personal thoughts about entertainment and especially in these three forms or types of it.  If you ever have anything personal you'd like to share, including a recommendation of a good book, TV show, or movie, please do not hesitate to do so.



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