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…
Editor, Patriot Health Alliance