"Man of the Year"


What difference does a day make?

I think I’ve had just enough sleep from, uhm, this morning. I started dozing off around 2am and I remember forcing myself to keep my eyes open through the disconnection and logging off process.

It’s (still) Day 5 of my casino sabbatical (I really like the sound of that phrase: ‘casino sabbatical’). What’s in my agenda for today? Aside from the usual fitness/chores/reading routine, nothing. I’m happy to have awakened with the familiar feeling of “I slept well last night” (or this morning).

Last night, I watched “Man of the Year,” which starred Robin Williams as Tom Dobbs, a talk show host who turned president-elect. He was Independent and even his manager/closest friend Jack Menken (Christopher Walken) doubted he would win. Dobbs was a strong TV personality, whose political tirades where not unfounded and whose fresh approach to satire made him quite popular.

On the other hand, Eleanor Green (Laura Linney), a computer analyst at Delacroy, discovered a glitch in the computerized voting system. She was fired and her life was threatened. She, however, found a way to get to Tom Dobbs and tell the truth: that he hasn’t won the elections.

Media soon caught wind of Dobbs’s “issue” with Green. But because it was clear that they haven’t met before the elections, conspiracy for electoral fraud was ruled out. Green was made disreputable by Delacroy executives through a press statement pre-empting Dobb’s own declaration of his “non-win.” Dobbs could have just kept quiet and used Delacroy’s move to save its hide to his advantage because nobody would have believed Green. Being forthright by nature, Dobbs chose not to take the White House desk and proceeded to tell the people the truth.

“Opposition may indicate that you are acting in obedience to God. Do not let opposition cause you to doubt God’s will. If you have done what you know He has asked you to do, trust Him to see you through the antagonism that comes from those who are not walking with Him…God’s will for you may involve hardship, as it did for His Son (John 15:20), but He loves you and will not allow you to face more than you are able to handle.”

The character of Eleanor Green stirred me to core-relate Blackaby’s words for this day with the movie’s storyboard. Eleanor, just like every one of us, didn’t know anything about God’s will but she knew the truth. She knew she’d face very tough opposition after Dobbs was declared a winner, that nobody would believe her. Her reputation was stained, and she almost lost her life. But she proceeded to come out.

Eleanor and Tom didn’t know they were doing God’s will while they were at it. The movie didn’t touch base with any moral or spiritual ponderings with the characters. But they did what, to me, was what God wanted them to do: make the truth known. God’s will prevailed: that Tom Dobbs will be “bigger than ever” and remain to be a formidable TV personality – and that he and Eleanor Green (who didn’t even vote for Tom) are meant to find love with each other.

The bottomline: If we just do what we are supposed to do (those that are pure and noble and true) we will get to see – and live – our happy endings. As opposed to popular belief, I see truth is OFTENtimes stranger than fiction… and a day sure makes a lot of difference.

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