Last week I saw a documentary on campus called May I be Frank? It was a human interest story about a man named Frank who was down in the dumps. He was struggling with several issues (weight, drugs and alcohol, depression) that had him down in the dumps. It was a perfect example of how the body is a system because all of the parts are connected. All of this affected Frank's image of himself, his self-esteem, and confidence. He was on a downward spiral for sure.
Then Frank stumbled into the Gratitude Cafe in San Francisco. And the way I understood the story is each day at the Cafe they have a "question of the day." On the day Frank walked in, the question was: "What is one thing you want to do before you die?" When Frank was asked this question by one of the employees, he responded: "I want to fall in love again, but no one will love me the way I look now."
So three young men at the Cafe befriended Frank and took him on as a personal challenge to see if they could transform him in 42 days. (I am still not sure why 42 days. I plan to email Frank and find out.) They used a holistic method that combines mind, body, and spirit. In other words, it was a positive, yet not easy, approach of helping Frank understand why he was overweight and why wanted to use numbing substances to not be present.
In the documentary, we see the process used that actually transformed Frank. While he had setbacks along the way, it is a success story of the power of personal transformation. But what made watching the documentary so moving was meeting Greg the director and Frank in the Q and A session after the showing. Listening to their stories was powerful. It was a night I will remember.
The next day, Greg and Frank came to my leadership class to share more about Frank's personal transformation. I will share more about that in the next few days. I can't stop thinking about the movie–May I Be Frank? and Frank.
Life is about transformation. We continue to evolve as we grow in life experience. Or our growth will be stunted and stalled if we are addicted to anything that numbs our senses. Then life just passes us by. We need to stay awake!