How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

how to train dragon sequelWait, how to train your dragon two what?

 

There were three things that caused me anxiety in 2014: The upcoming birth of my second-born child, the mystery behind Bob Costas’ pink eye during the Sochi Olympics, and how this sequel would turn out.

Thankfully, my wife and I now have a healthy baby boy and How to Train Your Dragon 2 is awesome. I have no idea how Bob is doing.

When director Dean DeBlois was offered the opportunity to do a sequel to How to Train Your Dragon (which was an enormous success), he accepted it on the condition that he could turn this whole thing into a trilogy. I just hope that the other sequel gets an equally outlandish and creative title like this one.

The cast for this film includes names you may or may not recognize including Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Djimon Hounsou, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, and Kristen Wiig. John Powell also returns to compose another great musical score.

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: I don’t remember anything else about the Sochi Olympics.

leadership how to train your dragonThis movie is about a boy stepping up and embracing new responsibility as a leader. As he makes this transition, Hiccup rides a roller coaster of feelings that are familiar to many of us, including self-doubt.

As a new leader, it’s difficult to feel capable and worthwhile, but those who pray for the Lord’s guidance and strength will find a way to believe in themselves in a humble way. And once a leader recognizes that he/she can indeed amount to something, then that leader will have a greater ability to help those they lead believe in themselves, too. And that’s when great things start to be accomplished.

As Henry B. Eyring once said, “Almost everything that I’ve been able to accomplish as a priesthood bearer is because individuals who knew me saw things in me that I couldn’t see… Every person is different and has a different contribution to make. No one is destined to fail. As you seek revelation to see gifts God sees in those you lead…you will be blessed to lift their sights to the service they can perform. With your guidance, those you lead will be able to see, want, and believe they can achieve their full potential.”

For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.” — 1 Corinthians 1:26-27

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