This movie is a beautiful demonstration of the undoing of competition and joining in collaboration. It also shows so clearly how the Spirit uses what attracts us–our passions, which open our heart and bring us deeper. It is a witness for the two ways: ego and Holy Spirit.
The three main characters all start with the same desire for competition and the idea of winning The Big Year, a bird watching competition. The character of Bostick refuses all invitations to join, to open up, to share, and to be honest. He is so riveted on winning that he forgets the most important thing, that it is all about love. As he goes along, he keeps making decisions for his own best interest, keeping his focus on maintaining his record (most birds seen in a year). Even though he seems to “win” the competition in the end, he finds himself alone with no one to share the joy of having accomplished something that made his heart sing.
The two others characters start with the same premise—doing a Big Year and wanting to win. But very soon they join and open up to each other, as they learn to not keep thoughts hidden. The Spirit uses their passion to open them up to the calling of their heart. They take time off from their jobs and begin to stop compromising. As they follow the steps, they see the value of joining together in collaboration and sharing resources, instead of staying on their own individual paths. They support each other and the result is immediate. They do not “win” the competition, but they are the “winners” of what they always truly wanted: love!
Love is never about an outcome in the form, but about being willing to take every step that is given; to keep releasing yourself from the burden of believing in a separate self with separate interests that needs to “protect” itself by turning away from joining. Any part of the Sonship that you keep separate makes you feel apart from God, even if it is just a thought! When you choose autonomy, the only thing you get, in the end, is autonomy and loneliness. For sure, opening up can be scary at times when you believe that you can be hurt or betrayed. It can even seem that these beliefs can be reflected back to you and seem to happen in form, but keep trusting the process and the pull of the Spirit will show you how deeply rewarding it is to keep an open heart. As you keep taking your steps and do not let any of those thoughts or feelings distract you from following your calling, you see the immediate reflection of your trust, and the joy is flowing!
It is also a beautiful movie about how a family can shift from not understanding your calling to being very supportive. Again, trusting your heart, taking your steps and being uncompromising with what makes you sing is the turn-around. As you align fully with your inspiration, your whole life reflects it!