When looking to feel better, we do all sorts of things – some better for us than others. Movies are something that make us feel good and influence us and touch our lives. Last week, the Golden Globes provided us with the usual eye candy – pretty people and pretty dresses and they awarded some great work and exceptional performances.
But it was Meryl Streep’s acceptance speech for her Cecil B Demille award, that has been spoken out more than anything else. We’ll be the first to admit that we are enormous Meryl Streep fans. She represents the qualities that we aspire to: a graceful approach to getting older, a prolific career where she seems to get better and better and certainly the appearance that she really feels good in her own skin.
We know her speech was political and we won’t comment on that, but much of her message speaks to our theme of being better, checking one’s privilege and the responsibility of acting with empathy. She said “Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.” Our behaviour regardless of our position impacts those around us and of course the flip side is that respect invites respect. When we respect ourselves and those around us, we all win.