Thursday, December 3, 2009

Devil or Angel?

Last night was great, the Bio Network showed a two-hour special about one of the greatest movies ever made, Animal House.

One of my favorite scenes is when Pinto, played by Tom Hulce, takes a young girl to a bedroom during a party. (Hulce was educated at the North Carolina School of the Arts and later nominated for Best Actor for Amadeus)

When his date passes out before they can …mmm….start, Pinto is conflicted about what to do. In a hilarious sequence that is so true to life in so many situations he experiences a little devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other. The devil and angel are obviously his good and bad natures, and they are both telling him what he should do. If you’ve seen the movie you know that the angel wins and the devil is not happy about it as the two little characters poof into oblivion.

Our devils and angels argue all the time about decisions we make in life. One of my friends says that sometimes you have to treat your conscience like a dog, “Tell it to shut up and go sit in the corner.” I don’t know that that is a good idea, but I do know there are times we wish we had listened to the voice on the other shoulder.

However, don’t just think that the devil is bad and angel is good. Think about the times when you do something that is out there on the edge and you might use the Flip Wilson, “The devil made me do it” reasoning. The devil could be a good devil pushing you into an experience that will expand and enlighten you. Your cautious angel is trying to hold you back, to keep you safe. If you are waaaaay tightly tied to the good/bad connection, you might want to think of the angel as your inner voice coaxing you to a better life (even if it is kinda scary) while the devil is trying to keep you in a rut.

Interestingly, when older people are asked what they regret most in life they almost always respond that it’s the things they did not do that they regret more than what they did do.

There’s something you are trying to decide. Which are you listening to today…angel or devil?

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