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PERFECTION [Short Films, 2004]

"I'm just trying to make you more perfect." - Mom From infancy, an Asian American woman learns the game of perfection - but if your goal is perfection, will ...
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This short film is about the life of this girl, it starts from when she was in infant all the way to adulthood. Throughout the video and her life she plays this game called "Perfection". There is a timer and you have to put the pieces in to the correct holders. In the video it keeps flashing back from events in her life then back to her playing the game. The woman had fit all the pieces in the holders, except for the one missing piece.

 

This short film teaches us that perfection can't ever be achieved. As hard as we try to be perfect, it will never happen. All we can do is be the best that we can be. We all want to believe that we are perfect, but we arent, none of us are. We are only human and sometimes we will make mistakes. We have our own strengths and weaknesses, but God created us to be like this for a reason. If we were all perfect, we would never make mistakes, therefore we would have nothing to learn from. There would be nothing to work towards, because we would already have achieved all that we could.  In the game in the film there is a button to turn the timer off after you have completed the game. If we turned off the "timer" in our life because we achieved everything, there would be nothing to live for.

 

This short film has made me come to terms with the idea of not being perfect. Sometimes if I make a mistake i get embarrassed by it, but no one is perfect and everyone makes mistakes. I always wanted to be able to do everything perfect, and I would try to cover up my mistakes. I accept my own strengths and weaknesses, and I accept that I can only be the best I can be, and thats all that matters.

 

 

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CarrieAnn Reveredo's comment, November 10, 2013 8:20 PM
I really love the message to this. Some of us are raised to think that being perfect is a goal we all need to work towards, but it's not. Lindsay, you're right, we dont need to cover up our weaknesses. All we need to do is try to be the we can be and as long as we accept ourselves others should too. We shouldn't focus on perfection as that isn't possible, we should focus on being the type of person others need us to be. Not who they want us to be.
Aaron Alexander's comment, November 10, 2013 9:45 PM
As high school students this video is very easy to relate due to all the pressures of our modern society. How you look, what you wear, where you live, your weight; society has a perfect image of what they all should be and I think as teenagers we often fail to realize that this “perfect life” is something that can never be obtained. Relating this back to religion one thing that we should keep in mind as Christians is that even though as humans we will never be perfect, GOD loves us for who we are as he created us and that he has a plan for each and every one of us to succeed and be happy in a loving relationship with him.
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One of the BEST Motivational Videos I've ever seen!

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This video lists a bunch of actors, athletes, and many people who have made history. All these individuals that were listed faced some sort of failure. No one believed that they would achieve their goals, but they kept believing in themselves and never gave up.

 

This is a lesson everyone can learn from. A lot of the time if we experience minor set backs we just give up all together. If someone discourages us, we just believe that they are right and don't make any effort to try. If we just keep giving up on the things we believe in we won't get any where in life. If you really believe in something and give it your best effort, chances are you will achieve your goal and prove anyone who said you couldn't wrong. 

 

This video really touched me, because it talked a lot about role models that some of us may have. A lot of the times in school if i dont understand something, I just want to give up. But this video gave me hope, that if I just persevere, I can achieve anything if I just keep trying.

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Kayla Marania's comment, November 3, 2013 10:29 PM
After watching this video, I had the same reaction as Siobhan and Michael. These great legends faced through failure or some sort of negativity. I was shocked that Michael Jordan, one of the greatest basketaball players in the world was cut from his high school basketball team. And the amazing Walt Disney was fired from a news paper company because he lacked imagination! He created Mickey Mouse, which is one of the famous cartoon characters nation wide! These amazing people changed the world to what we know it. If these people didn't continue what they wouldn't be what they are today. This is a big lesson to everyone. To pursue your dreams and to become the greatest you can be. I got with the saying "Success come to those who wait." People such as Michael Jordan, Walt Disney and Abraham Lincoln waited for a long time, to be who they are today. Like what they said in the video "If you never failed, you haven't lived."
britney mighty's comment, November 9, 2013 12:57 PM
After watching this video i was surprised that these celebs we look up to had struggles in there life . When we think of famous people we think perfect and flawless but we forget that there people just like us . That everyone has flaws and imperfections . I was really surprised that Micheal Jordan one of the best basketball players of all time got cut for hin high school team ad Kayla mentioned. No matter who you are you will always be faced with problems , but with dedication you can get where you want to be . Imagian if Micheal Jordan just gave up basketball because he didn't make is high school team , he wouldn't have become one of the greatest players of all time.
CarrieAnn Reveredo's comment, November 10, 2013 6:27 PM
Everyone makes a great point, if we never make mistakes, we've never tried, and not trying gets us nowhere. Like Siobhan said, it's reassuring to know that failing is part of life and we should continue to pursue what we want if we really want it. Think about all the opportunities we're missing just because we don't think we can do it.
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Change for a dollar- an inspirational short film

Small change can change many lifes
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This short film "Change for a Dollar" is about making a change in other peoples lives. In the first scene there is a homeless man holding a sign asking for some change. Soon enough someone walks by and gives him some spare change. Instead of using the little money the man recieves he uses it to help other people who he feels needs it more.

 

The idea that we get from this video is that it doesn't take a lot to make a change in someones life. The homeless man barely had any money and he managed to impact many peoples lives just by doing small things. For example, he had bought coffee for a homeless woman who was cold. This video also has made me realized that alot of what we have we take for granted. To us a dime doesn't have very much value to us, but in the film there was a charity asking just for a dime to help a sick child. The family of that child would be so grateful and appreciative of any dime they would recieve.

 

This short film has impacted me and taught me many lessons. It has taught me to be grateful for all that i have, and appreciating all that is done for me. It also brings me back to class mass and how we learned about wanting what we have. We all forget that there is someone who isnt as fortunate as we are. That is why it is important for us to be thankful for all the luxuries we have and remember giving is more important than recieving. 

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Evan Wyatt's comment, October 20, 2013 6:07 PM
I agree with Lindsay, we should be grateful for everything we have and appreciate the little things. Just like Father said in mass want the things we already have. Society pushes for technological luxuries, big house, nicest clothes and to be what society deems perfect. In the video it shows the man bought coffee for a cold homeless woman, this shows that there's still faith in humanity and we aren't all egotistic and materialistic people. I agree with Lindsay how this video has taught me many life lessons, I feel as if everyone should watch this moving video and re-evaluate their ways.
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Video that will change your life. I have no words left.

Update: Today is 2-19-13, I never expected such a great response to this video. It really makes me happy to see the comments left. Even though this is not a ...
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This video is of scenes of people showing kindness to one another. It starts off with one boy, and the kindess and love keeps continuing to spread to others. 


Kindess and love is "contagious" and is like a chain-reaction. You help someone out and then that person or someone who saw it will go and spread happiness to others. the act of being kind bounces off from person to person, if you be kind to someone they will probably be kind to another person. People are so lazy today, and just go through their days with no concern for others. Doing something kind for someone else not only makes that person happy, but you as well because you get that feeling of accomplishment that you just made someones day better. 

 

This video inspires me to start taking notice of my surroundings. For example in the video a man fell and someone helped him up, im sure most of us would just walk away acting like we saw nothing. Doing a small act of kindness doesnt take a lot of effort and you dont have to take a lot of time out of your life to do it. By bringing happiness to others, it might just inspire others to do the same.

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Abbeygail's comment, November 11, 2013 4:11 PM
This video is showing how we can change the world just by helping others,caring for others,showing love,kindness and appreciation and just to be grateful for what others are willing to do for you.
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Bullied Girl Voted Ugliest on Internet Does Something Amazing to Fight Back

Bullied Girl Voted Ugliest on Internet Does Something Amazing to Fight Back | Grade Nine Religion | Scoop.it
Lizzie has a rare disease that makes it impossible for her to gain weight. She discovered that Internet bullies cruelly voted her the "ugliest on the Internet." Here's how she responded.
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Lizzie Velasquez has a rare syndrom that makes it impossible for her to gain weight. During her highschool years she had stumbled upon an eight second, soundless video on youtube with her picture titled as 'Ugliest Woman'. Although she was very upset and angry about this, she realized that God made her the girl she was for a reason and that He had a plan for not just her but everyone.

 

Lizzie shares a very important message with us, that will really help us to grow spiritually. God made us all for a reason. Sometimes we feel worthless and that there is no point to our existence, but God had made us the way we were and has a plan for our lives. God gives us struggles in life not because he is punishing is, but because those struggles are what will make us into the people we are soon to become. Throughout Lizzie's struggles she had realized that God's plan for her was to become a public speaker and to share her story, to inspire others.

 

Lizzie has inspired me to make my faith priority, which we should all do. She has helped me realize that any sadness and anger i might be feeling, I need to take those emotions and do something productive with them. In life we feel that somethings just arent fair, but we have to look at the bigger picture and think how will my life get any better if I just dwell on this situation. Lizzie's confidence did decrease when she watched that video, but then it inspired her to become a better person, which is soemthing we can all learn from.

 

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CarrieAnn Reveredo's comment, November 10, 2013 5:33 PM
I really loved how you said that "She has helped me realize that any sadness and anger i might be feeling, I need to take those emotions and do something productive with them." We shouldn't let people bring us down when we know God loves us and "made us all for a reason". Lizzie is inspiring in the way that she has it worse off than many of us who complain every day, but she channels her feelings into something more positive- inspiring others with her story
Vincenzo Pissokas's comment, November 10, 2013 10:08 PM
This video is very inspiring because if someone else had that happen to them they might not have been so tolerant and probably would have either doing what those comments said about putting a gun to your head or they might have became extremely angry and do something they will regret for the rest of the their life. this video makes me think of Amanda Todd and how she was bullied to the point of suicide. People don't realize that we are all Gods gifts and "God made her the girl she was for a reason and that He had a plan for not just her but everyone."