POINT TO PONDER
When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves.
-Viktor E. Frankl
Brooks is a character in the fantastic film, "The Shawshank Redemption." He went into prison when he was young and left 49 years later when he was an old man who had known nothing more than a life behind bars.
Upon his release, Brooks finds the world has changed. People move faster. Cars, which he had seen once before going into prison, are everywhere. One nearly runs him over when he is released. The world in Brooks' view, "went and got itself in a big damn hurry." For the remainder of his time as a free man, he finds himself struggling to catch up, finding that he liked life in prison better than life outside of it.
It becomes too much for Brooks and eventually he considers committing another crime to send him back to what he knows best - the federal penitentary. When he finds he doesn't have the strength to execute another crime to send him back, he takes his own life instead.
Above the spot where he hangs himself, Brooks carves, "Brooks was here."
Often we run, hide, and self destruct in the face of change. This scene has always been profoundly sad to me because I never would have thought that prison would be a place that anyone would want to go. But for Brooks, it seems prison is the only place he wants to be because Brooks' prison isn't a place, it's the inability for him to hope and to change. His prison was in his mind.
It makes me think of the things in our lives that are prisons and the reasons we stay within them. When we chose not to change, our inability to adapt can lead to stagnation. Stagnation means no movement. And no movement is akin to death.
We must keep moving. And changing. And growing. We must fight the prisons we set for ourselves in our mind.