Sunday Thoughts (Harry & Sally)

Last night Karen & I stayed in and watched one of my favorite movies. It just happened to be on and we got sucked in immediately…

“When Harry Met Sally.”

Truly, a hilarious movie and the writing is just outstanding. Nora Ephron was a heck of a writer.

I won’t bore you with all the quotes I love from this film, though I could go on all day doing it, I’ve seen it so many times. But there’s a part that stood out to me last night that relates to so much I think about in my own life.

Maybe you can relate to it too…

You see, in the movie, Sally is described by Harry as “high maintenance.” She’s VERY particular about everything in her life, down to an incredibly involved way of ordering even the simplest meal in a restaurant.

Clearly Harry is exasperated with Sally’s high maintenance ways, even though he obviously sees past it to fall in love with her (no “spoiler alert” here, this movie is like 30 years old).

It comes to a bit of a head when Harry starts waxing about high & low maintenance…

Harry: There are two kinds of women: high maintenance and low maintenance.

Sally: Which one am I? 

Harry: You’re the worst kind. You’re high maintenance but you think you’re low maintenance.

Sally: I don’t see that. 

Harry: You don’t see that? ‘Waiter, I’ll begin with the house salad, but I don’t want the regular dressing. I’ll have the balsamic vinegar and oil, but on the side. And then the salmon with the mustard sauce, but I want the mustard sauce on the side. ‘On the side’ is a very big thing for you.

Sally: Well I just want it the way I want it.

Harry: I know – high maintenance.

There’s another scene where she orders apple pie a la mode… it’s really worth watching. I’m laughing just thinking about it.

But my point here my friend is this…

I see myself as fairly low maintenance, a “go with the flow” type of person, for the most part.

But is there really something wrong with being a little high maintenance from time to time?

Especially when it has to do with your health, or your emotional well-being?

Sally isn’t content to get things the way others think she should have them. She wants things the way she wants things. And why shouldn’t she?

Whether that’s a meal in a restaurant, or how you interact with people in your life, you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for what you truly want, the way you truly want it.

Just because everyone else is doing it one way, only you know what’s best for you.

And nobody else will know what that is unless you’re high maintenance enough to tell them.

I didn’t expect too many life lessons from that movie, but there are plenty in there, along with a ton of laughs.

Heck, I might watch it again.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. And find a reason to laugh today…

God Bless,

Jeff Reagan

Editor, Patriot Health Alliance

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6 thoughts on “Sunday Thoughts (Harry & Sally)

  1. I’ve seen Sally & Harry and found it to be hilarious. I agree with your comment about liking things a specific way which suits you. Should we really consider it homemade dinners because we want something differently than another person? We don’t always have to do and be like others for who would we be if we did everything as others.

    1. I am just like Sally. I have Ceilac Disease that is part of another more prominent rare disease called Scleroderma which is also an autoimmune disease. Compound this with having a new kidney and being on many different types of medications. I Know that a lot of the Food for Patriots will probably not be gluten free, I’ll just have to take the chance when we have to use them.

  2. I really liked your thought for today. It is so true that a lot of people think that everyone should do and act the same in any situation..have the same emotions about all things. I’m proud to say I’m NOT that way..I feel the same in certain situations and about certain things in life, but I’m proud of my individuality. I’m not hard to please nor what people call “hardheaded”, but I do feel I have a mind of my own and my own wants and beliefs. There’s nothing wrong with wanting what you want out of life..to ask for what you want..instead of just taking what’s offered. (But, that’s just me though).

  3. I never saw that movie. I’ll see if our library has it. The movie I like to watch is an oldie starring Rock Hudson, Doris Day, and Tony Randall. Cracks me up every time. The name of the movie is Send me no Flowers. A similar one that is also hilarious is The End with Burt Reynolds. It has an unforgettable scene where he decides to commit suicide by swimming as far out in the ocean as he can. How that turns out will crack you up.

  4. I can’t recall ever watching that movie, when Harry meets Sally, but the way you describe it, I need to watch it.

    Thank you for all of your awesome products that help me keep going.

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