The Buen Camino Moment

30 Nov

Hector and The Search for Happiness

I remember seeing the signs for the movie at the local Laemmle, but I never bought a ticket. After watching it on Netflix, I wish I would have … it was another Buen Camino feeling.

And you know, as I discover these stories, I find that I enjoy the journeys, the physical journeys across landscapes that end up creating meaningful adventures that help transformation.

From England to Shanghai to Tibet to Africa to California and then back to England. He asks many important questions along the way and learns  a a dozen or so lessons when his journey comes to an end. Watching his growth as he finds some answers left me with that feel-good feeling, reminded me of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

I enjoyed the reminders along the way, I enjoyed the inspiration that left me feeling good on a night where I would otherwise feel a little crappy.

Making comparisons can spoil your happiness.

Many people only see happiness in their future.

Avoiding unhappiness is not the road to happiness.

Happiness is answering your calling.

Happiness is being loved for who you are.

Happiness is Sweet Potato Stew.

Happiness … If you want it, take it.

Happiness is feeling completely alive.

Happiness is knowing how to celebrate.

Listening is loving.

Nostalgia is not what it used to be.

The fact that I shared these doesn’t spoil the movie, the lessons, or the journey. I just hope it would peak your interest so that you could get your own A-HA moments. The best moment for me, other than the moment when Hector has his breakthrough in that isolation booth toward the end of the movie, was a conversation he had earlier, the one in Tibet.

“You’ve been through so much, how is it that you’re happy?” Hector asks.

“Because I’ve been through so much,” the monk responds.

And there it was … my Buen Camino moment.

Feeling good on a night that could have taken a wrong turn.




8 Responses to “The Buen Camino Moment”

  1. Cayman Thorn December 1, 2015 at 4:47 AM #

    You’re always so inspiring. And thank you for the Netflix knowledge, I’ll put it on my list.

    • The Guat December 10, 2015 at 12:53 PM #

      Duuuuuude so glad it makes it to your list. It’s a cool little flick and it totally hit the right spot. I was enjoying his journey and got caught up in his lessons. Hit me with some inspiration so I was like, I’m gonna pass this on 🙂 Let me know if you liked it or not.

  2. brickhousechick December 1, 2015 at 7:44 AM #

    Nenita, I LOVE this!! I haven’t seen the movie but I so agree with all of it and applying that way of thinking and interpreting to whatever comes our way. Everything is a gift that we learn from, as tough as it may be.

    Happy December 1st to you and I hope you and the little guats are doing well. 🙂

    • The Guat December 10, 2015 at 12:56 PM #

      Oye Chica! So glad I was able to share the lessons with you and that you also found them inspiring. Dude sometimes I need a little something. These lessons were such great reminders, right time right place to hear it. And we finally turned the corner over here, thanks to some Kids Advil, Tylenol, ice packs, and plenty of rest. Ready to take on December madness. Buen Camino chica 🙂

  3. Jackie Cangro December 1, 2015 at 5:07 PM #

    I have this one on my Netflix queue. I’m going to move it to the top of the line for this weekend. Looks like the perfect uplifting flick for the holidays. 🙂

    • The Guat December 10, 2015 at 12:57 PM #

      Duuuuuuuuuude it was totally uplifting, I was loving the trip to see the monks and the professor at the end. Good moments there. What about you? Did you see it yet? Let me know. Good to hear from you buddy, take care.

  4. TBM December 2, 2015 at 5:51 AM #

    The journey affects people differently. Some are happy and some are just fun haters no matter what.

    • The Guat December 10, 2015 at 12:59 PM #

      Dude totally. I bet you probably run into both and many of your travels and trips to the pub. Always got to bring some extra umph, in case someone tries to just crap on your happiness bubble. This movie totally had some uplifting moments, so glad I caught it.

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