In my first article “How can I be happy in life? Sharing my personal views…“, I scratched the surface of what it can mean to be happy to different people and ways in which we can concretely experience happiness.
In my second article “Can you be happy in life? Looking for guidance…“, I looked at some guidance already available out there to guide us on our quest…
Join me now in my personal review of the movie “The Pursuit of Happyness” (2006) with Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith.
I am doing my best not to spoil the movie for those of you who have not seen it yet so I shall avoid giving details of the story and only address the lessons I drew from it… and my disagreements…
- ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’ Movie Review. Why?
- My Top 5 Life Lessons from ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’
- What I Disagreed with…
- … and What Else I Would I Have Liked to See
- 2 Personal Messages I Got from the Movie
- And Now?
- My Secret
‘The Pursuit of Happyness’ Movie Review. Why?
First of all, let me clarify one thing for those of you who may not know… no, this is not a typo… ‘happiness’ is really spelled with a ‘y’ in this movie title.
I first came across this movie while doing research to write my first article “How can I be happy in life? Sharing my personal views…“. I took notice but I was on a mission to finish my article by the end of that same day so I didn’t take the time to investigate further.
Then, in a comment to my second article “Can you be happy in life? Looking for guidance…“, someone asked me if I had watched that movie and said it was “Probably one of the best and inspirational true stories around that can help give us the spark to finding our own happiness in life.”
In my personal belief system, this is what I call a sign… an invitation to look further… And as I am always on the outlook for a good uplifting movie to watch with my dear husband Koen, I promised myself to discuss it with him. Long story short, we watched it that very same evening and, the next morning, I felt like writing this review about it.
Have YOU seen ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’? Tell me in the comments below.
My Top 5 Life Lessons from ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’
- Even parents who want the best for their children sometimes say things they regret afterwards. They teach a great lesson of courage and humility when they address those hurtful words and rephrase them into an empowering life lesson.
- Never let anyone convince you that you should not thrive to excel in a praiseworthy activity. When they do so, they often just project their own limitations and doubts onto you. The exact quote is “Don’t ever let someone tell you, you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you got to protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they want to tell you you can’t do it. You want something, go get it. Period.”
- Young children can value and feel happy with what adults consider to be small things.
- Life is about making the best of ANY situation even if the circumstances are not as good as we would hope.
- When we follow our heart’s dream with faith, the Universe ‘conspires’ to make it possible.
How about YOU? What are YOUR top life lessons from this movie? Please share them with me in the comments below.
What I Disagreed with…
“Lord, don’t move that mountain. Give me strength to climb it.” I personally think that the need for hardship is a limiting belief. Instead, I prefer to believe in being in the flow. Water does not flow uphill but downhill, naturally and easily. It is only hindered by obstacles that are either natural (hard rocks, fallen branches, etc.) or man-made (dams…). In the past few years, I have become aware of many limiting beliefs I have bought into. I have been exploring ways to remove them from my belief system and to replace them with empowering beliefs. I shall write about my exploration and results in later articles.
Leaving Captain America behind: This is an example of what I said earlier. Children can feel happy with what adults consider small things. To his son, that Captain America figurine was even more valuable than one of the machines he was trying to sell. I would have preferred to miss the bus and get Captain America back. I don’t think his son needed any more lesson in detachment at this point.
How about YOU? Did YOU disagree with anything in this movie? Let me know in the comments below.
… and What Else I Would I Have Liked to See
Mommy? Chris (the hero) mentions his father at the beginning of the movie. What about his mother? And where is she at the time the story unfolds? He does not seem to have a relationship with her and he doesn’t even mention her. Does this make it easier for him to dismiss the importance of his son’s relationship with his own mother?
What is the point of success? At the end of the movie, we learn of the great work Chris went on to do in his life. Is that it? Didn’t he also contribute to society on the social level? After all he went through, I would have loved to learn that he invested some of his success in helping people like him who go through a tough time in life. What’s the point of success if it is not to contribute to the advancement of a more just and caring society?
How about YOU? What else would YOU have liked to see in this movie? Please let me know in the comments below.
2 Personal Messages I Got from the Movie
- “You think you had it hard? Look! It could have been a lot worse! Be grateful that your mountain has been easier to climb.” As crazy as this may sound, I personally experienced many situations depicted in the movie when I went through my divorce. Thank God, some things did not go as far as in the movie.
- “You have healed those wounds.” I usually cry when I watch movies, especially when I can identify with what the characters are going through. While some things during my divorce did not go as bad as in the movie, others were worse. I am not ready to share the details of this part of my life yet but many moments of the movie resonated deep within me. At the same time, I was amazed that my eyes stayed dry during almost the whole movie. They only became teary at the end, when they announced the results of the internship to Chris (the hero). I was able to feel compassionate without crying the rest of the time which, to me, is a confirmation that the work I have been doing to heal my emotional wounds has paid off. 🙂 I shall share more about the techniques I have used to heal these wounds in later articles.
How about YOU? Did YOU get some personal messages from the movie? Please share them with me in the comments below.
If you have seen ‘The Pursuit of Happyness‘ please share your answers to my questions in the comment section below.
If you have not seen it, please let me know if you feel inspired to check it out when you get a chance. Then come back to this article to share your answers with me. You can get the DVD or watch it with Amazon Prime Video.
I look forward to learning from your perspective.
To our joy and happiness,
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