As we witness the closure of this season’s magnolia blossoms, I am reminded of one of my favorite movies, Steel Magnolias. The title borrows a term that means both femininity and fortitude, a depiction of its characters and of the word “Dignity,” meaning worthy of honor. I mention Steel Magnolias in my book in “Contemplation #8—Community: doing life with others.”
If you haven’t seen this dramady, I highly recommend it. Not just because of its more-than-stellar cast, but because the tragedy, based on the true story of the death of the playwright’s sister, is rich with life. It’s main characters—old and young, wealthy and poor, bold and timid, mean-spirited and righteous—embrace each other’s diversities, struggles, and idiosyncrasies, illustrating what beautiful stories can develop when colorful characters unite. It’s this type of community that values people by their humanity, not by their perfection. And it’s only with this perspective that a drama far beyond one’s imagination can magically and mysteriously unfold.
As our remaining magnolias fade, dare to embrace dignity, and breathe in life’s craziness, the present, the divine; all worthy of honor.
Please, stay well.
Please, stay tuned.
And please, stay momentous.
I dedicate this month’s blogging in support of April: Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month. See RAINN.org for resources and to learn how to provide positive support to survivors.