Last weekend, a friend and I had plans to go to the movies. We each had at least one of our kids with us so we had to see something no more than PG-13. Much to my dismay, the only movie at the theater during the time we could go, was Jupiter Ascending. You can’t possibly know how much my eyes rolled up into my head. I HATE sci-fi, futuristic garbly goop but I ended up learning something amidst the special effects.
I wish I could tell you that I walked into the movie theater and simply enjoyed my time with my daughter and my friend. No dice. I grumbled, mumbled, and complained all the way through the previews. When Jupiter Ascending finally started, I pulled my coat up to my neck and got settled in for a nice nap.
In the beginning scenes of the movie, I was acquainted with the main character, Jupiter Jones. Not only did Jupiter have the same last name I was born with, but she woke up everyday dreading the day ahead just like I do ….more often than I would care to admit.
Jupiter was a Russian illegal immigrant who spent her days cleaning rich people’s homes. To tell this story, the filmmakers replicated Jupiter’s everyday life by showing her cutting her alarm clock off at 4:45am, dragging herself to make coffee for her mother, constantly cleaning toilets and then starting the process over again with that darn alarm clock.
Right after hitting the alarm clock to silence it, Jupiter would mumble, “I hate my life”.
Parts of me wanted to awake from my pseudo slumber and yell out..”I feel you Jupiter” but my child would have been so embarrassed and that would not be the whole truth.
I don’t hate my life but I often feel like Jupiter…. trapped by the drudgery of everyday life.
With a plot that was too confusing to even try to explain, (I told y’all I don’t like that sci-fi stuff), Jupiter was being hunted by aliens because she carried a genetic legacy that entitled her own the planet Earth. Luckily, she was befriended by a half human/canine alien warrior named Caine…played by none other than Channing Tatum (I’m awake now)!
Jupiter traveled into space and learned about her new entitlements, but more importantly, she learned about herself. In the middle of all of that, there was an “almost wedding” with a totally fabulous dress:
When forced to choose, Jupiter sacrificed herself and her family for greater good of Earth. Yet, even after choosing the “right thing”, she still had to fight the villan Balem. Eventually, she was heroically rescued by her hunky alien warrior, Caine. (Well, of course she was!)
Jupiter returned to her old life of cleaning even though she owned Earth. Although she was no longer “trapped” by the drudgery of every day life, she returned to it with a new perspective…appreciation.
The movie Jupiter Ascending was far-fetched, confusing, and most reviewers only gave it 2 stars at best. However, there was a lesson learned from one Jones girl to another. Jupiter Jones reminded Katina Jones Rice to practice gratitude.
Time to dust off my old Gratitude Journal.
How do you practice gratitude?
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)