When was the last time you stopped to think about the people who don't have access to clean water when you turn on a tap in your house? Do you ever think about how lucky you are to have a flushing toilet or water connected to your home or food on the table every night of the week? Most of us don't think about that stuff very much of the time at all, but we do spend a lot of time complaining about the internet dropping out, or the traffic being too heavy or the line at the check out being too long. Many of us go about with surly and inconvenienced attitudes and angry unwelcoming faces, and totally forget to remember just how lucky we are most of the time.
I think that many people in developed countries actually have a dreadful case of 'glass half empty' when in fact around 85% of the time the glass is actually overflowing and we are just too spoilt to realise it. When was the last time you had to worry about whether you would be able to eat because of a lack of food? When have you stayed awake worrying about whether your children could access an education or appropriate medical care and vaccinations? When was the last time you yourself got dreadfully ill and could not see a doctor because there wasn't one to see? And when was the last time that you had to walk for two hours to the nearest well to get some water to drink, or even worse wait in the sun all day for a water truck to come by and provide you with a small amount? I would imagine that you answered never to all of those questions, absolutely never.
And that makes you lucky; very, very lucky. Luckier than most of the people that are sharing this planet with you. And I think that that is something to keep at the back of your thoughts next time you feel like having a whine about something insubstantial or irrelevant, that your blessings in life far outweigh your misfortunes a lot of the time. Singer songwriter Willie Nelson once said - When I started to count my blessing my whole life turned around, and I do believe that there is a lot of power in thinking abundantly and being grateful everyday.
Try it for yourself, adopt an 'attitude of gratitude' and see how you feel about your station in life after a few weeks. Once you begin to focus on how tremendously full your glass is, I guarantee that you'll be delighted with how rich and lucky you are. And feeling abundant has a wonderful flow-on effect, because you will also start to share that abundance more freely with others, filling their glasses in the process, and guess what? It doesn't cost a thing. It's totally free to change your mindset and focus on how lucky you are, and the benefits are huge!
However, that being said, if you are in fact 'crazy rich' (and 'crazy rich' people know exactly who they are) and reading this, then you definitely have more than you are ever gonna need and you should really pass some of that wealth along to those who do need it the most. Impoverished countries are always begging for substantial donations, and helping others feels so damn good. You could change your mindset and someone else's world as well, and that's definitely something to raise a very full and overflowing glass for!
Release Date: 2018
Running Time: 121 mins
A romance comedy directed by Jon M. Chu and based on Kevin Kwan's 2013 novel of the same name. Crazy Rich Asians explores the age old story of class versus true love and I'm not going to lie, it's hardly a revelation in storytelling. However, what does make it feel fresh and original is the talented Asian-American cast who successfully deliver a modern perspective of their cultural dynamics and strong family traditions.
Rachel and her long term boyfriend Nick set out for Singapore to attend his best friend's wedding. Rachel is launched into the world of the rich and famous when she discovers that Nick is actually an heir to a very wealthy Singaporean empire that is currently being controlled by the strong arm of his overbearing mother.
This movie is visually stunning in every way, the cast are absolutely gorgeous, the costumes are beautiful and the Singaporean surroundings are surreal. Constance Wu and Pierre Png display a wholesome and believable chemistry as the class mismatched lovers, Michelle Yeoh shines as Eleanor Young the dominating mother figure and Awkwafina, Ken Jeong and Nico Santos offer some much needed comic relief throughout.
Crazy Rich Asians is certainly not a life changer, but it's definitely a spot of good fun.
FINAL SAY: Only a fool folds a winning hand.
3 Chilli Peppers