POINT TO PONDER
“The key to change... is to let go of fear.” ~Roseanne Cash
STORYLINE by Raiv Shah
Change is hard. It forces us to confront the unknown, the future. It jogs the mind into coming up with scenarios of all the things that might happen – the good and the bad. Often the bad thoughts win and we protect ourselves, our loved ones from what is coming. It's a survival mechanism. It's primal. We are wired to do it. Unfortunately, change is also inevitable. We can't escape it, can't predict it, and often can't cope no matter how hard we try. Or can we? Here are two films that deal with confronting change differently.
The first film is BORN FREE. The story is of a young British couple living in Africa who comes into the care of three young orphaned lion cubs. Caring for the youngest, Elsa, the couple is forced to re-habituate the lion cub into the wild or send her off to a zoo. Choosing to reintroduce Elsa back into the wild, the couple watches the cub grow under their care, eventually loving the cub like their own child, knowing that one day they will have to part. The heartbreak over losing Elsa is unbearable but they press on – caring for and loving the lion. Eventually, the time comes and they release her back into the wild, unsure of how Elsa will fare as she has become attached and domesticated as well. Unfamiliar with the wild kingdom and her real strengths, Elsa is scared of even small animals, gets badly battered by a small wild pig and returns home.
Finally Elsa does go, her future and survival uncertain, and the couple returns to England. Years later, the couple returns to Africa and searches for Elsa. They find Elsa and she remembers them, having survived and become a mother herself to three young lion cubs.
The other film is THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION. Brooks is a prisoner. He's been in prison for most of his life. Towards the end of the movie and having spent most of his entire life locked up, Brooks is finally given parole and released. What is initially seen as good is hard for Brooks, and he tries desperately to reintegrate back into a society he left so many years ago. Lonely, and unable to cope, Brooks takes his own life by hanging himself in the middle of his desolate room.
So how do we deal with change? If we've been habituated into a way of life and are forced to change – can there be a light at the end of the tunnel?
There is always good that comes from the bad, the challenging, the painful. Always. Like a flower that grows from a pile of shit and how fires burn a field fallow in order to allow it to grow again, better and stronger.
Change is hard. Change is inevitable. Change leads to strength. You either give in and stop fighting and allow fear to consume you. Or you find the courage to accept it, and continue on, knowing that change will bring growth, if you have the faith to allow it.