I've watched a lot of movies and it was hard coming up with just one movie that had a great lesson. But, The Pursuit of Happyness kept coming back as I thought over all the movies that fit this blog.
The Pursuit of Happyness
What makes this movie a great life-lesson to begin with, is that it's based on the true story of Chris Gardner, versus being a Hollywood drama. The story teaches us of perserverence, determination, hardwork & trusting your instincts. When Chris decides to invest bone-density scanners and sell them to doctors offices, he is repeatedly told "no". He begins to lose money, his house and his wife. Left with his young son to care for, he has to figure out how to make it all work.
Deciding to take an unpaid 6 month internship to try to better his life, Chris faces homelessness with his son, all the while caring for him the best way he can. His determination & perserverence eventually pull him though his dark hours to the other side of success and victory.
Learning from this inspirational story, we know that no matter what our circumstances may be, we can never give up. When it seems too bleak or that we're at the end of the road, keep going. There's more road there, and it may just open up to a beautiful path. Chris's hard work and belief in himself(even when others didn't believe in him) was the key. This applies to us too!
This story also shows the magnitude of parental, and more specifically, fatherly love for a child. Showing the lengths a father will go to in order to protect his child, love his child and provide for his child. The movie demonstrated how at all times a parent is a model and the child is always watching.
If you haven't had a chance to watch the movie, please take an evening and do so. If you have seen it, this would be a great one to watch again!
As always, thank you for reading. Please check back in tomorrow for more movie life-lessons!
Written by: Tammy Portee MA, LMHC, LCAC
*Tammy enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, & couples counseling at Imagine Hope. We also specialize in family counseling, child & adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield & Fishers.