For all ages, film is another excellent method of experiencing another country without travel. These cover both documentaries and fictional movies that aim to not only inform the audience of cultural differences but advocate for equity and diversity. We can also learn about the world from films and series that cover global warming, ecological sustainability, or global food culture, such as the Feed Phil series.
Examining and experiencing other cultures puts our own struggles into perspective. For those of us in first-world countries, we can gain an appreciation and renewed gratitude for many of the lifestyle benefits we easily have available to us. Maybe the resolutions that we initially thought were a priority lose importance and seem trivial after we see the challenges of others. Possibly our resolutions to improve might focus on serving or supporting others? Maybe, instead of being upset about the Covid restrictions, we will celebrate and be thankful for what we have and make ‘lemons from lemonade’ by thinking outside of the box of ways we can learn, grow or serve others.
Tomorrow’s blog will look at how Kim Letson’s books have got me reflecting on the importance of planning while maintaining the flexibility to pivot.