Andy Dufresne Got It Right!
In 1992 I read a book – Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption. The book was made into a movie in 1994 and Morgan Freeman took the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading role. I think the role of Red could not have been played or written any better. What surprised me off the bat, and what some of you might know. Steven King wrote this as a short story. A “short story” that needed 2 1/2 hours to tell it … page by page. In my opinion, the movie followed the book to the letter. It is fabulous and if you have not seen it – GET IT!
At the end of the movie Morgan Freeman is narrating the following lines:
I find I’m so excited, I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it’s the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope.
Watch the movie and you will understand … if you have seen it … you know what it did to you. To me – that is hope! Hope is the silent energy that keeps people going. Hope is that small whisper in your ear saying “You can do it!” Hope is stirring inside of your chest when your brain says NO WAY … and your mouth says … I can do it! I love hope … and I love what it brings with it. What have you hoped for? As a kid, I wanted a BMX bike … a blue mongoose with mag wheels! I hoped … and there is was Christmas morning! Hope gives you powers to make the impossible easy! As Wikipedia says – “Hope is the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best.”
My goal is to carry a message of hope … share that message with every one I come into contact with. My own hope is tried constantly. From those who are without hope – down, frustrated, angry … all I want to do is give them that spark. I don’t need to give them hope – to me, hope is in everyone … hope is part of the human core! All someone has to do is spark it, give it that little push, turn on the switch. Most of the time – that hope will drive someone to completion … either through perserverence or through planning. As long as you focus on your mission … and use hope to drive your momentum … Anything is possible.
A great dialog in the Shawshank Redemption between Red and Andy went something like this
- Andy Dufresne: That’s the beauty of music. They can’t get that from you… Haven’t you ever felt that way about music?
- Red: I played a mean harmonica as a younger man. Lost interest in it though. Didn’t make much sense in here.
- Andy Dufresne: Here’s where it makes the most sense. You need it so you don’t forget.
- Red: Forget?
- Andy Dufresne: Forget that… there are places in this world that aren’t made out of stone. That there’s something inside… that they can’t get to, that they can’t touch. That’s yours.
- Red: What’re you talking about?
- Andy Dufresne: Hope.
Hope is yours … it is what makes you human, it makes you who you are … it completes you! Nobody can take away hope from you life – some try, and others willingly give it up … but I think Hope is just as important as Freedom! Without either – we are dead.
Hope is how we as friends can continue to motivate our other friends to complete what their passion is – Andy writes to Red – “Remember, Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies. I will be hoping that this letter finds you, and finds you well. Your friend. Andy.”
I like asking people what they hope for … what drives their goals … and why do they set them. I think the answers I get tell a lot about those in my life. And they range from “I don’t know” all the way to “sit down, this will take a while.”
Lets get asking our friends and those close to us … “What do you hope for?” … you might be surprised at the answers you get.