Tonight I had the pleasure of watching a short film, Butterfly Circus. It is a short film that has won numerous awards. It had a deeply spiritual point of view. The greater the struggle the more glorious the outcome. It visually shows a man who everybody thought that God had forgotten about for a very long time.
The film tells the story of the Limbless Man, Will, who works at a freak show in a traveling circus. Kids throw tomatoes at him, laugh at him, and are cruel to him. And he has become so used to this treatment, that he doesn’t resist. He simply takes it, because he now believes it about himself.
Until one day another circus owner comes to see him and he tells him how magnificent he is. Naturally, the Limbless Man who doesn’t think he’s magnificent at all, spits in the circus owner’s face. Shortly after, Will finally gets his fed up and leaves the freak show. In a burst of courage, he decides to join the kind man’s traveling circus. The man who called him magnificent.
Will is transformed by love and kindness. He comes to believe that there is something good about himself, something worthy. Will was about as down and out as we could imagine. He had nothing going for him. Without arms or legs, he did not seem capable of anything good.
Any yet Will triumphed by finding something that he could do better than anybody. He became someone that kids admired. They wanted to be just like him when they grew up. People admired Will’s courage and his ability to fearlessly jump off a high dive and swim so magnificently. They looked up to him like a great hero. And he became magnificent.
It is never too late to become a hero in our own lives.