A Penny For Your Thoughts
by Cindy Keen Reynders
The other day I was doing something I nag my husband to stop doing.
People who do this annoy the crap out of me, but I got all caught up in the flashy images on the big screen TV and found myself guilty of breaking my own rules!
Some good came of it, though. I stopped to watch the end of the movie “Cast Away,” and caught some interesting wisdom from Tom Hanks’ character, Chuck Nolan. I’ve seen this movie before, but something about the ending stood out for me.
To refresh your memory, or maybe you’ve never seen the movie, here’s the plot in a nutshell. Chuck’s plane went down and he was stranded on an island for four years.
Survival was difficult while Chuck was stranded, and at a certain point, he knew if he didn’t get off the island he’d eventually die alone. So he decided to build a raft. He had no idea what would happen; whether he’d be rescued or not, but he knew he wanted to try. He took a risk, set off on his raft and hoped for the best.
The tides allowed him to drift 500 miles before a passing ship rescued him and he returns to his home town. He looked forward to reuniting with Kelly, the love of his life, but that didn’t happen. Because Kelly thought Chuck was dead, she married someone else while he was gone. To his credit, Chuck didn’t blame her because he loved her enough to understand what she went through.
In a final scene, Chuck told his friend how confused he is by the way life turned out for him. Though he was heartbroken by the turn of events, Chuck mentions that the sun will continue to come up every day and he has to just continue breathing because, “You never know what the tide will bring in.”
How many of us have the will to continue on our journey with a positive attitude, even though the goals we achieve don’t come out exactly as we envisioned them? I know it’s difficult to embrace the different landscape, but I’ve come to realize that fate, or whatever universal forces guide our lives, may have different things in mind for us. Sometimes those different things turn out to be just as good, if not better, than what we originally envisioned.
Maybe you have had goals, writing or otherwise, that you’ve worked hard to achieve, but things worked out differently than you hoped. How did you adapt to the change, and what did you learn?
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