As my friends and I were carelessly enjoying the warm and breezy Santa Cruz Beach one night, little did we know that we would be in for quite the adventure. Initially making the drive for a basic summer venture, the three of us decided to give movies on the beach a shot. Choosing to make it a little more adventurous, we decided to watch a movie that none of us had never seen before -- Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.
Holding the classic touch of a late 80’s movie, the main characters did not fail to make one laugh with their iconic, bodacious, language and charm. Traveling through time to finish their history report, they fight hard to learn all they can in order to write a most triumphant history report. Though their determination throughout the movie was inspiring, it was a small phrase that really grasped my attention: “Be Excellent to Each Other.”
Once the expression had finally settled in my mind, I began to think a little deeper into it. Yes, we have all heard that we must treat others the way we want to be treated and live our life to the fullest, but we also know that isn’t always easy. Each and every last one of us come with our own baggage. Some carry it better than others and some may constantly stumble underneath the weight. Not always making it easy to see what's under that weight of the beholder, but we can see under another light. As one great legend once said, “ I will love all manners of men for each has qualities to be admired even though they be hidden” (Og Mandino. The Greatest Salesmen in the World). It may take some of us time to open up and show our good virtues, what can change the coming up of them is the manner in which we treat one another. How compassionate or patient are we? How far are we from mastering the art of love? Loving the sun for it’s warmth, life for its experience and people for their skills. When we learn to love unconditionally, we learn to take everyone and everything the way they are. We take the first baby steps to investing more time and energy in being happy. Our time here is limited and we don't have the luxury to spend our time being melancholy. We might not have control over everything, but we do have control ove the form in which we want to live our life.
Today, I encourage each and every one of us to invest more of our time being happy, being excellent to one another and loving life. I understand that it is always easier said than done, but if we all begin to take small steps toward doing more of what makes us joyful and working together, imagine the things that we can accomplish.