This week’s webinar asked us to watch movies that support our principles we’ve been learning. I had a couple movies come to mind as I was reading scroll 3 in The Greatest Salesman.
“I will be liken to the rain drop which washes away the mountain; the ant who devours a tiger; the star which brightens the earth; the slave who builds a pyramid. I will build my castle one brick at a time for I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete any undertaking.”Og Mandino
This quote reminded me of the Shawshank Redemption (spoiler alert if you haven’t seen it – sorry!). When the main character, Andy, asks for a spoon when he first gets into the prison, his friend looks puzzled and thought it was a strange request but got it for him anyway.
Near the end of the movie, the guards go into his cell searching for Andy because he isn’t where he’s supposed to be. When they lift up a poster on the wall, they are shocked to find that Andy had dug a tunnel all the way out of the prison! He had done this over many years by scraping away at the stone with his spoon!
This goes to show how Andy had a plan of action as soon as he got to prison. He got the tool he needed to make his escape and persistently scraped away the rocks which imprisoned him. A spoon, which seemed to be “trifling, and of no consequence,” eventually, “completed his undertaking.” Talk about chipping away at the cement! haha
“If I persist, if I continue to charge forward, I will succeed” and “Always will I take another step. If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another.”
These sentences reminded me of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory when they first begin the tour and go through what seems like a dead-end hallway to the big candy room. The hallway kept getting smaller as they walked, and the people were getting smooshed and started to panic.
Wonka remains calm and assures the people that they can’t go backwards, the only way to get through is by “pressing on.” Even though Wonka appears like he doesn’t know what he’s doing, he keeps moving forward and opens up a world of “pure imagination” for the kids and their guardians.
There are so many good analogies there related to our Master Key experience and I’ll let you figure those out for yourself. Also, I must add, Gene Wilder is brilliant! haha
I really like relating what I am learning to movies and tv shows since I enjoy watching them and they give me a visual I can easily hold in my mind.