September 22, 2008
Hope is what gets us through and gives us strength to go on, even though we feel like giving up. Hope is what makes sense out of situations that seem impossible and unsolvable. As I am getting older, sorrows and losses are becoming a more obvious part of my life and the lives of people that are very dear to me. Therefore, my search and need for hope and the necessity to offer hope is stronger as well.
Never have I seen hope depicted more powerfully than in the movie "Shawshank Redemption". The film stars Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne and Morgan Freeman as Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding, and portrays two inmates that become friends while spending over 20 years in prison together.
Here is one memorable quote (out of many) from this oscar nominated film:
Andy: 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: Here's where it makes the most sense. You need it so you don't forget.
Andy: 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?