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RIP Albert Finney

English actor Albert Finney has died at the towering age of 82.

Albert Finney was an accomplished actor who was nominated for an Oscar five times during his long career. He was in ‘Scrooge,’ ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ from 1974, ‘Skyfall’ and, my personal favorite, the imaginative ‘Big Fish.’

At this point, we are all thinking the same thing. So instead of delaying the inevitable, here is that scene from ‘Big Fish’ that everyone who was a fan of Albert Finney is thinking of right now.

It’s the magic of life celebrated the way we see it.

RIP Albert Finney. 

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Gigant…Giganti…You Say It, Mr. Bloom

A small fish is okay, but a big fish is better.

To celebrate Throwback Thursday, it’s time to revisit the illustrious life of Mr. Edward Bloom from the book and film of the same name. For anyone who has seen the 2003 movie, Big Fish is a cinematic and storytelling masterpiece. Author Daniel Wallace reimagined the way we can (and should) perceive life.

Exhibit A:

Try and work in the word gigantificationism into normal conversation. That word is what you would call a big fish in a small (or large) pond.

Happy Throwback Thursday.

Gone Fishin’

Learning to fish is one of the most important skills a person should master.

But not in a river or a pond.

Well, not a literal river or pond.

Daniel Wallace’s literary masterpiece Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions, translated into the cinematic masterpiece Big Fish by the perfectly weird and surprisingly sentimental Tim Burton, does not dethrone The Great Gatsby as America’s favorite novel, but it surely has earned a spot on that same top-shelf.

The stories, the characters and the extraordinary circumstances experienced by an ordinary man should be read, seen and enjoyed by anybody who sees life through a dream-filled lens. This imaginative wonderland forces us to pause and challenge our surroundings and the people we meet and the people we become. It even dances around (though barefoot) the supreme question, “why are we here?”

Unfortunately, there is no magic sentence or grand reveal from Mr. Wallace or Mr. Burton that definitively answers that eternal uncertainty.

Fortunately though, Big Fish reminds us that earthly hints to answering this question are sprinkled along the long, winding path we walk.

It’s just an issue of how you see and hear the world.

Before we get too far into this week, remember that your wild imagination is not limited to the weekend.

Walking up a busy stairwell could simply be walking up a busy stairwell.

Or…

Happy Monday!

The sudden (and rare) splendor of serendipity should never be questioned, but rather admired for its quintessence. It can be defined as the most purposeful and glorious instance of randomness with an imaginative energy that overwhelms every one of our senses in that split-second moment. We see something, or someone, in a sea of people or a scene of chaos with a special clarity that stops everything. And if that moment truly is exceptional, then it could be the beginning of the greatest journey of your life.

Visually, it may look like this:

Dream Big This Week…Like a Big Fish!