Or, ‘the open possibilities of tomorrow.’*

Movies mirror life in that they are often about salvation — which is basically being saved from something and to something. Whether its Phil Connors in Groundhog Day or the surviving humans in Terminator Salvation, the characters are changed as they overcome great obstacles and challenges in order to get their lives back.

These stories fascinate us because they theatrically portray the reality of our lives. Punxsutawney may not be where we find ourselves waking up to each day being the same day, yet the issues we wake up with day after day may be just as imprisoning. Maybe cyborgs aren’t after us but sometimes we feel we’re going to be wiped out by the things we have to do at work.

‘Rumbling with our story and owning our truth in order to write a more courageous ending transforms who we are and how we engage with the world.’**

Brené Brown would probably describe salvation as our Day 3, and how, first of all, we have to face Day 1: The Reckoning — our willingness to engage with our unpleasant stories and to integrate them into a greater story rather than to deny them. Then comes Day 2 and The Rumble.

What we’re doing throughout is becoming more open: opening our minds, our hearts, and our wills. Openness is our greatest tactic when it comes to salvation; perhaps it is what salvation most of all is.

(*From Alex McManus’s Makers of Fire.)
(**From Brené Brown’s Rising Strong.)