May 19, 2013
A Spirit-Filled Balloon
Day 138 May 19, 2013
“Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.” -Winnie the Pooh
“Make something inspired by a fictional character…” -from 365 A Daily Creativity Journal by Noah Scalin
“Your life is like a balloon…if you never let yourself go, you will never know how far you can rise.” – Linda Poindexter
The Red Balloon ( Le Ballon Rouge) is an award winning short film created by Albert Lamorisse in 1956. It won several awards. The movie is about a young boy that frees a red balloon and takes it with him where ever he goes. Soon, the balloon takes on a life of its own. The surprise at the end is very representative of missional community. A thread of spirituality is woven into the story as the little boy goes about his business with the Red Balloon following close behind. It runs about 34 minutes, but is worth the watch!
“An adult watching The Red Balloon will not find it difficult to see the title character as a symbol of spirituality, friendship, love, transcendence, the triumph of good over evil, or any of the countless other things that a simple, round red balloon can represent. But perhaps we’re better off enjoying some things the way a child understands them: not as metaphors but as stories. In the end, I think there’s something nice about allowing the balloon to just be. I guess that’s what you do with good friends–you let them be themselves.” Brian Selznick.