05 January 2016

My New Year's Resolution

I came across this quote a few weeks ago. It just so happens that it is a quote from my favorite actor. I have admired this actor since I was about twelve years old.

I remember the first time I saw him. He was in a made-for-television movie called The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case (1976). He played the role of Bruno Hauptmann, the accused kidnapper and murderer of the infant son of aviator Charles Lindbergh. I found myself fascinated by how he played the role. I remember watching the courtroom scenes in awe of him.

Then came more movie roles in Victory at Entebbe, Audrey Rose, A Bridge Too Far, Magic, The Elephant Man, and then his most famous role of Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs. By the time The Silence of the Lambs was released (1992), Anthony Hopkins was a household name, but I still remember The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case and the first time I saw him. Call me crazy, but I still think that role was one of his very best.

So when I saw this quote, it stuck with me. I began analyzing it, and coming from someone like Sir Anthony Hopkins, it made me think about it even more. And the more I thought about it, the more I realized it just might hold the key to how I want to approach 2016. 

On the surface his quote sounds arrogant, but it is actually a sign of humility. And that is what I aim to work on this New Year—humility.

Here is the quote:

"My philosphy is: It's none of my business what people say of me and think of me. I am what I am and I do what I do. I expect nothing and accept everything. And I makes life so much easier." --Anthony Hopkins

Whenever I begin to worry over what he thinks or what she thinks, and I must confess, I am dogged by this in so many areas of my life, I will try to remember what Sir Anthony says, “It’s none of my business . . . I am what I am.” Mother Teresa said something very similar . . . “If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.”

And that is what I intend to work on this coming year—humility—and to know what I am.

I especially like the last part of his quote, “I expect nothing and accept everything.” I think what he is actually saying is whatever we receive is a gift anyway.

And Sir Anthony Hopkins was born on December 31, 1937—a New Year’s Eve baby. My favorite actor was born on New Year’s Eve, so I can’t think of a better way to start the New Year than to adopt his philosophy. 

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