Monday, December 19, 2011

Gone With the Wind

Monday Musings on This ‘N That

Near the end of each year I try to determine which are my five favorite novels. My list of five always contains Gone With the Wind.  Other titles may change from year to year, but Gone With the Wind never gets bumped from the list.

I’ve of course read the novel but I am so glad they made a movie of it. Many parts of the novel/movie are unforgettable: Rhett carrying Scarlett up the broad staircase; Bonnie riding her pony and her resulting death; Atlanta burning; and of course the last words of the movie—frankly, Scarlett, I don’t give a ****.

One other scene in the movie is indelibly stamped on my mind. It’s when Scarlett has returned to Tara, her dad having passed away. She reaches down and takes a fist full of red Georgia dirt and stands with a beginning sunset outlining her, fist full of dirt raised skyward. It’s here her bone-deep determination exposes itself as never before. Even though the Civil War has stripped her and Tara  of all their majestic splendor, her resolve doesn’t waver. She will rebuild Tara.

As we might say today, Scarlett was at the end of her rope. At our graduation  practice my high school principal gave us seniors one piece of advice; I’ll never forget his words or his serious demeanor when he spoke. He said when we got out of school and into life and ever felt like we were at the end our rope, just tie a knot and hang on. We thought his advice was amusing then, but, oh so appropriate as we've grown older.

Have you ever felt like you were at the end of your rope? What did you do? Did you somehow pull your determination up from your inner self  as Scarlett did? Or did you shrink back and hope for things to get better?

It’s easy to have a positive attitude in a positive environment. I’d like to encourage  you to keep positive thoughts even when you face “the end of your rope.” I want you to reach your potential and be the greatest you that you can be. Think on all the good in your life instead of  always thinking on your past mistakes. The only use of thinking on past mistakes is to help us not to repeat them. Our past is gone; let it stay there.

This Bible verse always helps me to get up and out of the dumps:

"Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things."
(Philippians 4:8, NIV)


Till next time ... keep on smiling.
  

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