Monica & David


Yesterday I was all tied up in knots about a health issue concerning someone that I love dearly. Worry. Worry. Worry. What if… There’s a possibility that… Some really dark thoughts started to enter.

Yes, I know from worrying. I come from a long, long line of worriers on both sides of my beautiful family. Maybe you do, too.

I recently learned that the only real way for me to stop the worry is to “change the channel” in my head. It takes practice because that old cable box button (hello, 1982) has been worn in very well and “locked” in a way on the worry channel. Change the channel to neutral, to staying in the present reality with love and attention.

But sometimes I need an aid to help with the channel changing. So, what to do? What to do? Phone a friend? Nope. I think that will stir up conversation and more worry. Meditate? Maybe. Nap? Perhaps. Ah, my old buddy…TV!

My intuition was spot on. Browsing Netflix, I stumbled upon the documentary Monica & David. Literally, within two minutes I was looser, laughing and welling up at the beautiful tale of a young couple with Down’s Syndrome who are starting their life together. The filmmaker, Alexandra Codina, gracefully captures a story of unconditional love, starting two weeks before Monica and David are married and carrying through into their newlywed transition. The film won some hearts and took Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2010.

What struck me the most was how much I am overthinking my life. Monica and David – separately and as a couple – are two of the most inspirational people I’ve witnessed on TV, film or otherwise in a long time. Their outlook on life. The pure joy. It’s contagious.

Sort of makes me glad that House of Cards Season 4 isn’t available until 2016. (Sort of.)

Check out Monica & David. You’ll be glad you did.

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