Posted by highhurdler on July 19, 2011
One of the best ways to begin the day is to list the things – people, beauty, events, personal qualities (e.g. health) etc. – that you’re grateful for. Start with an attitude of gratitude! This technique can help you to de-stress, to stop worrying about yesterday and the future, and focus on today’s ‘gifts’: what you have vs. what you don’t. There will always be someone else that has more, but there are also those that have less, no matter who you are. Pay attention to what you have, and be grateful for it. Whether you thank God, a Higher Power, your parents, spouse, children or even kindergarten teacher, there are qualities about you and your life’s situation to be happy about, and honoring these by making a mental, verbal or actual (physical) note of them is a great technique for beginning each day … and those of us who are blessed to be classic film fans have so much to be thankful for:
Obviously I am also grateful for this Movie Morlocks website, which has allowed me to not only explore and share my own classic film passions and perspectives, but also to learn from my fellow contributors and, of course, “those wonderful people out there in the dark!” who contribute their replies, comments and more to our various topics and discussions.
I am grateful for Humphrey Bogart, James Stewart, Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, James Cagney, Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Edward G. Robinson, William Holden and so many more of the actors whose bodies of work have added immensely to my enjoyment of watching TCM’s channel
I am grateful for Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Greta Garbo, Claudette Colbert, Audrey Hepburn, Olivia de Havilland, Irene Dunne, Greer Garson, and Shirley MacLaine, who I count among my favorite actresses, for their varied abilities – including intelligence, beauty and grace – which light up the screen
Of course I am also grateful for my favorite directors – Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, William Wyler, Ernst Lubitsch, Frank Capra, Preston Sturges, and John Ford – whose unique talents helped to create, develop, transform, translate and communicate the art form; their influence on audiences, and legacy for other filmmakers, continues globally to this day
I am grateful for character actors, especially Walter Brennan, Charles Bickford, Charles Coburn, Donald Crisp, William Demarest, James Gleason, Thomas Mitchell, and countless others that have stolen scenes or spiced otherwise mundane movies with sometimes eccentric but always interesting characterizations
I am also grateful for character actresses like Thelma Ritter, Maria Ouspenskaya, Beulah Bondi, Marjorie Main, Fay Bainter, Billie Burke, Gale Sondergaard, Spring Byington, Edna May Oliver, Judith Anderson, Theresa Wright, Gladys Cooper, Dame May Whitty, Anne Revere, Gloria Grahame, Elsa Lanchester, Katy Jurado, Agnes Moorehead, Eve Arden, Ethel Barrymore, Jane Darwell, Mildreds Dunnock & Natwick, and Unas Merkel & O’Connor for their similar abilities and prolific resumes
I am grateful for writers Charles Brackett, Ben Hecht, Leo McCarey, Dalton Trumbo, Billy Wilder, Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Paddy Chayefsky and Tennessee Williams for their styles and stories that entertain and inform, for dialogue that evokes laughter, tears, anger and virtually every other emotional response
I am especially grateful for the thrice blessed, multi-talented writer/producer/directors like John Huston, Preston Sturges and Billy Wilder
I am grateful for British cinema, contributors like the Ealing Studios, Noel Coward, and Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, and additionally the too-numerous-to-name actors that provided the sophisticated and droll characters that delight
I am grateful for the movie To Kill a Mockingbird, High Noon, Stagecoach and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Lawrence of Arabia, Double Indemnity, The Maltese Falcon, The Adventures of Robin Hood and Scaramouche, It Happened One Night, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and It’s a Wonderful Life, Sunset Blvd., Stalag 17, A Star is Born (1954), Swing Time and Top Hat, To Be or Not to Be (and other Lubitsch), A Place in the Sun, Kind Hearts and Coronets, King Kong, The Lady Eve, Meet Me in St. Louis, Miracle on 34th Street, Lady for a Day, Libeled Lady, The Little Foxes, The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Awful Truth, Roman Holiday, Singin’ in the Rain, Born Yesterday, Casablanca, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Notorious, To Catch a Thief, North By Northwest and Psycho, Dinner at Eight, Imitation of Life, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Spartacus and Dr. Strangelove, Executive Suite, The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven, Oklahoma!, On the Waterfront, The Palm Beach Story, Random Harvest, My Fair Lady, The Wizard of Oz, Adam’s Rib and Woman of the Year, West Side Story, The Thin Man, Ninotchka, His Girl Friday, I Remember Mama, and of course Life With Father to name just 60 before 1965.
I am grateful for Black-and-White movies of all kinds (not just film noir or silents)
I am grateful for RKO’s B-Westerns of the late ‘30s and early ‘40s with George O’Brien and Tim Holt and even from Holt’s later years when he was paired with the insufferable Richard Martin as Chito Jose Gonzalez Bustamante Rafferty
I am grateful for Warner Bros.’ gritty crime dramas of the early 1930’s
I am grateful for MGM’s musicals, especially those produced by Arthur Freed and/or directed by Stanley Donen or Vincente Minnelli; I am also grateful for Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s many collaborations
I am grateful for all the nostalgia of seeing fedora hats, milk trucks, picnic basket raffles, and trains etc.
Being thankful and counting ones blessings isn’t something that needs to be reserved only for the fourth Thursday in November in fact it can be quite therapeutic every single day. Why not give it a try today.
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