Passion. The Driving Force...

OFF THE RECORD (nothing to do with law, but just for the soul)………by Natasha Mayne, Esq.  

Dare to be You Quote:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson (A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”, Harper Collins, 1992. From Chapter 7, Section 3]).


Daily Dose of Wisdom Bible Verse:
Philippians 4:6-8 “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious–the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.”


Powerful Movie (THE NOTEBOOK) Script:
The Notebook is a contemporary love story set in the 1940’s in South Carolina, where a poor man, Noah, and a rich girl, Allie, are desperately in love. But her parents don’t approve of the union due to his socio-economic realities. Although Noah attempts to keep in contact with Allie after they are forced to separate, his letters go unanswered. Eventually, Noah professes his undying and eternal love in one final letter. Noah travels north to find gainful employment and to escape the ghost of Allie, and eventually he goes off to serve in World War II and it seems to mark the end of their love affair. In the interim, Allie becomes involved with a very rich and arrogant man, Hammond, and the parents approve of him. Thereafter, Noah returns home to restore an old farmhouse. A newspaper article about his endeavor catches Allie’s eye, and 14 years after she last saw Noah, Allie returns to him while engaged to Hammond on the cusp of her marriage. After spending two wonderful reunion days together, Allie must decide between the two men that she loves.

My favorite quote from The Notebook:
Hammond: So what’s up?
Allie: I don’t paint anymore. I used to paint all the time. I really loved it.
Hammond: I didn’t know that.
Allie: Yeah.

Moral to the Story: Choose a mate that brings out the TRUE you.  In the movie, Allie ran away from Hammond because she had stopped being a part of herself that she knew to be true and whole. She runs away from her other self, to a version of herself that is free, and paints trees in nothing but a blanket, in a studio space that was built for her by Noah. Noah in the end said to Allie, “[t]he best love is the kind that awakens the soul; that makes us reach for more, that plants the fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. That’s what I hope to give you forever.