Today I watched a Hallmark movie. Yeah, I view these occasionally because they’re light and I like a happy ending. But, yeah, they can be schmaltzy. (Schmaltz: American slang meaning maudlin sentimentality. The word actually refers to rendered poultry or pork fat used as a spread on bread. I get the connection: both word uses elicit a gag reflex!)
This movie brought forth a few worthwhile mental images. I particularly liked the Pilot’s Motto: “Fly the airplane first.” It means to focus on what’s most important. …I get that too! We passengers certainly want the pilot to “fly the airplane first.” [Confession: since so many people these days are on autopilot in general, I’ve never felt comfortable flying.]
Now, being foremost a student of Holy Writ, I don’t put a lot of weight in philosophies portrayed in a Hallmark movie. But there’s nothing wrong with learning from stories—however schmaltzy. This story covered the difference between problem solving and problem resolving. I like it! Just this morning we discussed how temporary fixes are only Band-aids: real repairs often require destruction and reconstruction.
Anyway, that airplane motto reminded me of something I read earlier this week. I didn’t give it much credence either (these are men’s words, not God’s), but nonetheless, since I remembered it, here it is: “Prioritize your time by placing focus on who will cry at your funeral.”
Anyway, both of these ideas deal with making a point of focusing on something! That concept in itself is worth tipping the hat:
Here’s to schmaltz. May it be spread on thickly.