That’s good enough

Movies are vehicles into an alternate world for me. My last post used The Lord of the Rings as a backdrop for my discussion. One of my favorite directors/producers/writers is the late John Hughes. He was involved with many of my favorite movies in the 80s and 90s: Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Uncle Buck, Home Alone, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and many more. Hughes had a knack for a good film but what I loved most about him was he knew how to end a movie. I hate watching movies that do not seem to know how to end.  Kind of like a preacher who does not know how to end a sermon. Most of Hughes’ movies ends with a snapshot of the character’s last scene. I can vividly picture John Candy in Uncle Buck as the music cues, and the camera focuses on the character and Candy (Buck), in a way only he knows how, smiles and gives a thumbs-up as the frame freezes and then slowly fades away.

I love it. The movie was over but the frame freezes almost to say, “Here it is folks. Capture this image and remember it.”

On my commute down to work this past week I was listening to a Spotify playlist called, “Indie Bluegrass.” I love listening to new music and especially songs that leave me feeling chill during a nasty commute. A song came on called, “Good Enough” by Molly Tuttle. It was powerful, and I meditated on the lyrics for a few days. Here is a sample:

Couldn’t sleep last night
Too many demons floating ’round my head
With morning light

Your warmth pushed away my dread

There comes a time to say, “that’s good enough”
I’m finally learning how to let some doors stay shut
It gets so hard but I’m not giving up.

There comes a time to say, “that’s good enough”

I’ve gotta let this go
Keep this down inside me, the road I take
There’s things I’ll never know
But I’ll go my own way

There comes a time to say, “that’s good enough”
I’m finally learning how to let some doors stay shut
It gets so hard but I’m not giving up
There comes a time to say, “that’s good enough”

I wonder if many of us struggle with the skill of ending things like some of the movies I have watched.

Many folks are holding on to political affiliations that need to die.

Many folks are holding on to ideologies that need to die.

Many folks are holding on to theological convictions that need to die.

Many folks are holding on to toxic relationships that need to die.

Many folks are holding on to dead-end jobs that need to die.

Many folks are holding on to who they were in the past and that, my friends, needs to die.

Friends, there comes a time to say, “that’s good enough.”

I was up early this morning and let the dogs out to do their business. We have a Redbud tree that is directly in front of the boys’ bedroom window. In the twelve years we have lived at that house, that tree probably has grown 10-12 feet. Each fall the leaves release making way for the long winter as if to say, “We gave you enough shade this summer and we have served our purpose and it is now time for us to fall.” This morning I noticed some leaves on the ground while most are still clinging.

Falling is a graceful act that requires tact and understanding. Sometimes the best thing we can do for our lives to grow, prosper and thrive is to take inventory and find things that we need to let go. People, ideas, beliefs and locations.

There comes a time when we need to say, “That’s good enough.”

What are some of those things in your life?

Let it go.

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