Monthly Archives: March 2011

Lessons from the Movie “The King’s Speech”

 

Disclaimer: This is not  a movie review of The King’s Speech. This post discusses the positive thoughts that the movie inspired in me.

In a world where people start judging someone by what the person wears, how she behaves and how he talks, imagine the plight of a person with speech impairment. His problem is even more complex if he is the King of the country. This movie has some inspiring moments, some of which are discussed below.

1. Perseverance – The movie shows what a person can achieve with Perseverance. The more and more the protagonist King George VI practices the right way of speech, the more confident he becomes. The more that he learns and practices the right speech methods, the more he unlearns the methods that are not good for him. There’s so much that can be learned from this single aspect of the movie.

The Lesson
: It reiterates, in a compelling manner, the age-old saying “Try, try, try – until you succeed.”

2. Support – The protagonist’s wife is his sole pillar of strength. Her unconditional support and faith in her husband is inspiring. The wife’s acts and gestures clearly show what faith and support can do to a person. When you lose faith in your very self, and someone else relentlessly works towards reinstating that confidence in you, it changes your world for ever, for the better. If the protagonist did not have the support that he received from his better half, he might not have turned into what he went on to become, given that he was already devastated and low on self-confidence.

The Lesson
: When you are on the brink of giving up by virtue of losing faith in yourself, the faith another person has in you can turnaround your life. It can re-kindle your confidence, it can give you the energy to fight back with vigor, and it can do some many more things that you might never have thought you could do.

3. Unconditional Love – This is a tad related to the above point, but still worth a mention.  Where his very own sibling and peers would make a joke of the protagonist, here came a woman into his life who remains by him at every crucial moment of his life. That, someone can do, only from the seat of unconditional love – love that has no formalities, no clauses and no rules.

The Lesson: You don’t have to be related by blood to love unconditionally. Love is love – it has no set parameters or boundaries.

4. Self-fulfilling prophecies – The protagonist, somewhere at the age of five, faces situations that go on to make him speech impaired. As he grows, he makes himself believe that his speech difficulties cannot be cured. And that’s the very belief he holds every time he meets a new doctor. The movie is a great example of how self fulfilling prophecies can destroy a man. And when those self fulfilling prophecies are your own thoughts, something needs to be done immediately. And when the protagonist realizes that his speech impairment is more in his mind than a fact, he comes out victorious.

The Lesson: Your thoughts can either make you or break you. If you believe you can’t do it, you won’t and if you believe you can do it, you will.

    Lessons from the Movie “Tanu weds Manu”

    A disclaimer: This is not  a movie review. This post discusses some good thoughts that one can take home from this movie.

    Although, there’s nothing new about the story of Tanu weds Manu, the movie is filled with feel-good moments. Its a love story laced with liberal doses of humor (at least in the first half) and there’s a lot that I took back home after the movie.

    1. Unconditional love – The hero is the epitome of unconditional love. He accepts the girl for what she is, the way she is without expecting her to change. The girl is a rebel of sorts and does not like things being imposed on her. The girl has a boyfriend when the protagonist falls in love, so he (the protagonist) just steps aside. He in fact goes on to help her marry the boy when she asks for help. The protagonist falls in love with the girl the moment he sees her. Although I don’t believe in love-at-first-sight, I do like the fact that once the guy has fallen for the girl, his love for her does not change no matter how the girl is. That’s unconditional love.

    2. Friendship – Both the main protagonists of the movie have great buddies with who they can share things with and who shower them with their wisdom (asked or unasked). Good, genuine friends are the best things that can happen to anyone. The friendships portrayed in the movie are almost taken from real life. Hence, there were a lot of emotions and moments I could relate to.

    3. Down to earth – The guy is simple, loves classic songs, respects his parents, knows the difference between right and wrong and sticks to them (at least most of the times – except at one point where he does a little thing intentionally so the girl does not get married to her boyfriend – which again is a matter of the heart more than anything).

    4. Realistic humor – Humor that is natural and is invoked from realistic circumstances is a turn-on for most people if not all. Nothing slapstick, no PJs, and no comedy of errors. Most humorous moments are ones that you and I would experience in a daily life – when with the family and friends. The humor in the movie was a real breath of fresh air.

    6 Things that will Never Lose Value

    Recently I read a post by a friend that talks about how the law of diminishing returns does not necessarily apply to all the things. He then enumerates some things that will never lose value from his perspective. Inspired by his thoughts, I will here enumerate a few things that will never lose value in my life.

    1. People with a positive attitude – Who doesn’t love the company of people who can rub on you some of their positivity? They are very refreshing and addictive. Right from the way they think to the way they behave, every action of theirs is worth learning from. Children are the most positive of all people. They just love the way they are, oblivious of others and what they think. If only all of us could retain that child like exuberance, innocence and energy, the world would be a lot different. The existence of positive people keeps that hope alive.
    2. People with who you can be yourself without any pretensions This is a personality trait that is rare and very valuable and is certainly something that will never lose value for me. Although being yourself is a trait that should come from within, there are only a fair few people in everyone’s life that we are comfortable with. A friend, a sibling, a parent, a colleague – it could be anyone. Anyone with who you are so comfortable that you can speak your mind without worrying that the other person would mistake you – how liberating is that! I cherish such people in my life and can’t thank God enough for bringing such souls in my life.
    3. Seeing the twinkle in the eyes of your parents – Nothing beats making your parents proud. You don’t have to become a billionaire to make your parents proud. If a person can live a life as a good human being, if one can stick to the good values that her parents have instilled in her, and if a person can make a positive difference to even one life, I’m sure any parent would be as proud as when you hit the milestones in the realm of materialism.
    4. Listening to your favorite songs – I just love listening to calming and soothing songs. No matter how many times I listen to the same song, I never tire. That’s the magic of songs that you really love listening to. They are a great companion as they they calm you, energize you, and mesmerize you.
    5. Holding your partner’s hands – There’s a lot that can be communicated by holding my partner’s hands without having to utter even a word. It is almost like meditation. For me, it would never lose value no matter how many times I hold my partner’s hand.
    6. Watching your child grow – Ever since my son has entered my life, my life has never been the same – every day has been fascinating, inspiring and filled with love. I just can’t forget the moment he entered this world and can’t forget the cherished memories that we have together created. I love watching him be himself as he learns newer and newer things by the day.

    So what are the things that never lose value for you? Feel free to share your thoughts!