February 26th, 2020 ~ Vol. 90 No. 8
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Bright Spot
Simply Selles by David Selles
 
David Selles
Pass Herald Reporter
Last week, I watched The Greatest Showman one night.

While the movie was fantastic, that won’t be the focus of my column.

My focus will be on the message of the film and the quote that appears on the screen just before the credits roll.

The quote says “The noblest art is that of making others happy” and I don’t think enough people know that.

When I saw that quote, I started thinking about how often people are in situations where they could make someone else’s day but decide that whatever they’re doing is more important.

I started by thinking back to times when I’ve done that to someone, a time where I put myself ahead of others.

What I saw wasn’t something I liked.
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Most of the time I ended up putting myself ahead of others for reasons that wouldn’t even benefit me in the long run.

In the movie, that quote speaks to the main character leaving a group he created to chase more and more and more while the group he leaves behind begins to struggle (it’s a loose plot line because if you haven’t seen it you should and I don’t want to give too much away).

The movie is a musical and one of the songs is called Never Enough.

One part of the song is this:
“All the shine of a thousand spotlights
All the stars we steal from the nightsky
Will never be enough
Never be enough
Towers of gold are still too little
These hands could hold the world but it'll
Never be enough.”

The idea of those lyrics is that whatever you chase, will never be enough and won’t fulfill your true happiness.
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It isn’t until the main character returns to his group that he finds his true happiness and he receives it by making the people around him happy.

While everyone seems to be chasing their true happiness, no one seems to realize how destructive a thing that is and the fact that making others happy can actually go a long way to fulfilling the happiness we all look for.

There are many different areas that we attempt to make ourselves feel good and happy as well.

Whether it’s our online presence, with friends and family or just our overall lives.

The areas I’ve listed above are all chances for us to help the people around us and make a positive impact on their lives.

It’s a reminder we all need from time to time including myself, which is why that quote is now the background on my phone.

I hope everyone reading this will find a way to increase the happiness of everyone around them sometime over the next weeks.

Everyone could use a bright spot in their day, why not be someones?
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