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What moves you?

I was thinking about this topic when I was driving home tonight. What moves you? Sure..a lot of us post what grinds our gears or makes us smile, frown, proud, and feel slanty. But what moves you? What, at the end of the day, touches your core and refreshes you?

Is there an object? A quote? An action? A song? A memory? What moves you to have that moment of inner peace..where things are aligned? Obviously, these things can change based on where you are that day or time in your life. I'll start.

Two things for today:

1) I listened to Barber's "Adagio for Strings" again tonight. Each time I listen to it, it just reaches me and will sometimes move me to tears. It just helps me sigh and realize it's okay.

2) I've posted my anger with my dad here in the forums. Tonight he called me and we talked. He's moved to another state and to another company because he wanted to change his direction and outlook on life. It's hard to fully describe. But, for once, my dad said "yes" to life and chose to go for it.

As I thought about this topic and the news of my dad challenging himself to get out of his rut, it moved me. My dad sounded so happy on the phone. He's scared it won't work but he's ready for the challenges. At this moment in time, I'm actually proud of my dad.

Music. Some unknown little song or instrumental riff can move me deeply. We have the old Hannah-Barbera cartoon of "Wind in the Willows" on video and for some reason the gentle colours of the animation combined with Judy Collins' voice gets me every time.

Poems. Not all of them, some of them. John Donne's Holy Sonnet 11, for example. I tutor Eng Lit, and I always read the poem aloud to the student because it often makes much more sense read, as it was meant to be, than on the page. I always have to warn them that I will get emotional over certain poems. I don't burst into tears, I just kinda overflow. There is one obscure mideval poem (Whyte is thy naked brest) that just tears me apart every time.

Unexpected kindness moves me. Like the time I got lost on a very hot day in a part of town I don't know well. The heat had affected me more than I realised and I was not quite all there. Respectable people gave me a wide berth, muttering "she's drunk, how disgusting!" and things like that...the street people realised something was wrong and helped me. Sat me in the shade, someone ran off for a bottle of water, one girl sat with her arm around me making "it's gonna be OK honey" noises. Then they made sure I had money for a taxi and walked me to the cab rank, put me in a cab and told the driver where to take me.

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Unexpected kindness moves me. Like the time I got lost on a very hot day in a part of town I don't know well. The heat had affected me more than I realised and I was not quite all there. Respectable people gave me a wide berth, muttering "she's drunk, how disgusting!" and things like that...the street people realised something was wrong and helped me. Sat me in the shade, someone ran off for a bottle of water, one girl sat with her arm around me making "it's gonna be OK honey" noises. Then they made sure I had money for a taxi and walked me to the cab rank, put me in a cab and told the driver where to take me.

this moves me.

i can't think of other things right now, but when i do, you all will know.

great thread, josh!

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:)  YG and VH, thank you for sharing. Again, these things could change from time to time. -J

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My legs! :D

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My legs! :D

hahaha! :D

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Ok. So I'm going to keep contributing to my own thread. How shameful of me. Hahaha!

Last night, as I was introspecting, my iPhone played an old choir favorite of mine. It's a song called "Beautiful Savior". I haven't been to church in years and I don't worship the god I worshipped as a kid but I like to think I'm still in tune (if you will) with an energy that connects us all.

As I listened to the choir piece, it just really spoke to me. Not the words or the meaning but just the angelic voices and the atmosphere it created. It just said to me - it's going to be ok. Release yourself of this anger, frustration, of yourself and just "be". It was nice.

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My husband would say that everything moves me. It is true that I am a pretty emotional/sentimental soul. I can be moved by the simplest of things. Recently, there have been a few things.

1. A letter from my hubby's aunt and uncle. It's of a very personal nature, so I won't go into it here, but it brought me to tears immediately.

2. The lady from the bunny rescue gave my hubby his bunny because she saw their love for each other. It was really very sweet.

3. A friend has offered to be there for me in any way needed with all the changes I have coming up in 2011.

4. In Woman's World Magazine, they have this new section called, "Circle of Kindness" and I am always touched by the stories.

5. My hubby's dad, who he's never met, sent us a very heartfelt Christmas card.

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Very nice, Ms. abrimmer. Thank you for sharing your stories. :)  I like what you said about "the simplest things" can move move you. Nothing wrong with that.

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animal abuse videos... hard to watch but only strengths my reasons behind being vegan

romantic comedies

church sermons

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Midnight Mass.

Nope - I've never been Catholic, and I'm atheist, but the pageantry of it gets me.  Plus, I think I get a bit light-headed off of the incense.

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Very nice, Ms. abrimmer. Thank you for sharing your stories. :)  I like what you said about "the simplest things" can move move you. Nothing wrong with that.

And thank you for starting this thread and being willing to share with all of us. It's really very nice. :) 

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Awesome, Ms. Amy & Ms. HH!

I agree with the animal videos, Amy..especially the "Earthlings" video you brought to my attention.

And I have to agree with HH. There's something to be said about the rituals and pageantry that have survived thru the years.

Thank you both for sharing. :)

Ms. abrimmer - Of course. I think it's nice to just step back and think of the things that make us who we are and the things that rejuvenate us in a positive way. It keeps us alive and in tune.

-Josh

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The way the light falls on a certain kind of cloudy day moves me. When I was a kid and saw bright sunbeams break through the clouds I used to think that was where God was.
I was watching an episode of Wallender (the original Swedish one, not Branagh's self-indulgent "smell the fart acting") and saw that certain kind of grey day where trees etc stand out extraordinarily clearly and DH says I sighed and sort of melted down into my seat in a happy sort of daze.

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Yabbit I know just the kinda sky you are talking about, i often refer to that as my favorite weather, something wonderous and peaceful about it.

"Winters Love" by animal collective, the symphony of voices touches me. although in no way do i have love for winter, i understand its purpose.

random acts of kindness. A lady shopping in my store gave an elderly lady that came in my store to use the phone a ride home. we were both concerned that she was walking in the rain. that really made me smile.

i know this last one may seem sarcastic... but in a physical way... waking up late when i have to work like i did this morning.

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Ms. YG and Ms. Jessimaka33- I love those days as well. :)

Ms. Jessimaka33 - As I've told you, I hate winter. I like what you said about hating it but understanding it's purpose. Agreed.

I'm so proud of this thread and happy with the great feedback.  :D

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A nice score for a movie. I was talking with a friend last night. Her and I were talking about the film Forrest Gump.

First, the movie is amazing. I think my love of Jenny (Robin Wright Penn) is the reason my hopeless romantic side started in junior high but what always moved me was the score.

In junior high and in high school, I listened to Alan Silvestri's score religiously. I no longer have my copy but I now have to buy it once more. It's such an excellent score.

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Agreed.  I love classical music and people wonder why.  I tell them that if they like a score from a movie, they like it, too.  It's movie music, but you get to make up the movie in your head.  I've been thinking lately of all the good film scores.  Star Wars wouldn't be Star Wars without the music.

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HH: Yes! First, I agree with Star Wars. John Williams did an excellent job. Darth Vader wouldn't be the same without the "Imperial March" or Darth Maul without "Duel of the Fates"

Second, I definitely agree with making up the movie in your head. Sometimes I'll buy the score to the movie and never see movie. I become satisfied with what's in my head.

For example - I love Trent Reznor. I bought the score to The Social Network and felt like the music was almost cheesy when watching the movie. Why? Because it didn't fit the movie I had in my head. Rock on, HH! :)

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Knowing that I can live up to the expectations I've set for myself.

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I love this thread. It makes me feel great reading others' posts.

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