Santa Fe, NM – 2014: We had ridden into one of the oldest cities in the U.S. to create Fjor Films’ first ever documentary just two hours prior and found ourselves amicably conversing over supper; nerves and excitement being palpable. The gentleman sitting across from us had willingly agreed to allow us the privilege of capturing his story as our first, thus making his sudden declaration that this was all a waste of time because no one was ever really going to be remembered anyway the perfect catalyst for stunned silence to settle awkwardly over our table. The animated debate that followed is one I will not soon forget.
The idea that sparked the forming of this company was founded in the desire to preserve the stories of real people. They are those that we have been most inspired by, that have molded our ideals and philosophies by the way they live their lives day in and day out. Oddly, these honest lives lived seem to be the ones that remain vastly undocumented. His declaration became our personal challenge.
We spent the next two days in a blur of traveling, filming and interviewing. We journeyed with him through a life of learning, discovery and introspection that molded and shaped his ideas and philosophies and created the man who sat before us. We lost ourselves in the story and thoughts of an individual who had the courage to walk away from what society expected and never settle for “just good enough”, inevitably transforming his life into a remarkable and uncommon one. A genuine, humble, kind, and generous human being, our lives were touched by his philosophy and willingness to keep seeking the good, doing good, and never settling for anything less than happiness.
We’re all a small piece of a big puzzle. Truth is truth no matter whom it comes from. We are impacted by each other whether it is intended or not, and by doing his project we all changed; his view, and ours. It made a believer in what we’re doing out of all of us in the end. Having forgotten our Day 1 debate it truly caught all of us by surprise when our time there drew to a close and he remarked, “I believe you’re on to something here.”
An excerpt: “Be thankful for each day you wake up – and for the opportunity that it brings. Although you may struggle to accomplish this task or that objective, and sometimes you may even fail, you can awake each morning knowing that this is a fresh start. Yesterday’s failure or chore undone is today’s potential for success. Each morning brings a chance to begin anew – to be a better person, to right a wrong, or to smell the roses that you ignored just yesterday.”[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]