Where Your Eyes Go

By Rebecca Oliver

I love a good movie! My favorite kinds are romantic comedies, drama, and adventure. Insert a dog into the story and I am hooked! Some months back, I saw The Art of Racing in the Rain advertised when it came out in the theater. However, it looked sad, so I wasn’t sure if I wanted to see it. When traveling last month, it was a featured film on my flight so I thought I would watch it. Well, not to give the story away, but I was right . . . it is sad. However, it is a beautiful story of the love shared between a dog and his master.

The film is about a man named Denny who is a race car driver. The story follows Denny and his dog, Enzo through their life together including Denny getting married and becoming a father. Enzo believes that he too, although a dog, is meant to be a race car driver. During the film, Denny gives lessons in racing. He asserts that, “In racing, they say that your car goes where your eyes go.” - Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain. This line really caught my attention. I think this sentiment of truth applies to life beyond racing.

If we focus our eyes on negative characteristics, doesn’t it become easier to see those characteristics? When we focus on our “friends’” posts on social media and all the apparent “good” in their lives, don’t we become a bit more unsatisfied? If we listen to the critics in our lives, don’t we become more focused on our own shortcomings and failures? If we focus on our fears and anxieties, doesn’t the world become an intimidating place? This is not to make light of any difficulty, trouble or anxiety in life . . . but perhaps applying this thought is one strategy to moving in a positive direction and focusing on strengths.

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, today seems like a perfect time to turn our eyes toward the good in our lives; our positive characteristics; the strengths in our family and friends.