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« Crisp and Clear Communication in different cultures | Main | Golden Years Life After Work »

April 06, 2017

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BHSC

This is great, Anand…

“We must hope high. We must keep moving. And changing. And growing. We must conquer the prisons we set for ourselves in our mind”

I needed that reminder this week.. thank you very much!

Inspired

Great movie and points J

Shawn Munguia

"I'm so excited I can barely sit still or hold a though in my head.... I think it's the excitement only a free man can feel... a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain" -Red ... Wow... how beautiful... during the course of a relationship with Andy he had a limited mindset, a prisoner in his mind as well as behind bars... he once thought Andys dreams of Mexico was nonsense... with Andys persistant positive dreaming and influence, Red was now believeing and joing him on this excting journey... wonderful

Shawn Munguia

"I'm so excited I can barely sit still or hold a though in my head.... I think it's the excitement only a free man can feel... a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain" -Red ... Wow... how beautiful... during the course of a relationship with Andy he had a limited mindset, a prisoner in his mind as well as behind bars... he once thought Andys dreams of Mexico was nonsense... with Andys persistant positive dreaming and influence, Red was now believeing and joing him on this excting journey... wonderful

FR Team

Reader Comments in the previous (November 21, 2014) posting of FR about Brooks.

Comments

Consequence of staying in one environment too long, believing that was the world.
Posted by: Realist | November 20, 2014 at 07:08 PM

This goes on my wall
When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves. -Viktor E. Frankl
Nice Story.
Posted by: Jamie | November 20, 2014 at 08:36 PM

Kind of Boiled Frog syndrome but not exactly. Use to one place, little movement then get paralysis.
Posted by: Zhang | November 20, 2014 at 08:43 PM

The Frogs and the Well
Two Frogs lived together in a marsh. But one hot summer the marsh
dried up, and they left it to look for another place to live in: for
frogs like damp places if they can get them. By and by they came to
a deep well, and one of them looked down into it, and said to the
other, "This looks a nice cool place. Let us jump in and settle here."
But the other, who had a wiser head on his shoulders, replied, "Not so
fast, my friend. Supposing this well dried up like the marsh, how
should we get out again?"
Posted by: Rashmi | November 20, 2014 at 09:14 PM

A very sad scene… but all to true for many, I fear.
Was it the drastic change in environment that drove him to do it… or the loss of the only friends he had? Or just the feeling many experience when we get older that we just don’t fit in anymore?
I tend to think it was the lack of friendship that drove him to such despair.
Posted by: BHSC | November 21, 2014 at 06:40 AM

Brooks had no choice. Most have choice to rotate, take new assignment, make bigger network, learn more things. If they not take risk then economy force changes, they are scared. If change happened they cannot adjust. Sad story but easy solution.
Posted by: Vince | November 21, 2014 at 07:00 AM

Thank you for sharing. Truly is a thought-provoking scene from one of the greatest movies in my memory. Later in the film there is a powerful dialogue that is one of those heart-stopping moments for any viewer paying attention. The main character Andy (Tim Robbins) says later in the film with respect to changing circumstances, "It comes down to a simple choice: get busy living or get busy dying." This dialog eventually saves Red (Morgan Freeman) from repeating the sad fate of Brooks. You can see the scene embedded in this blog. http://successmentor.com/get-busy-living-or-get-busy-dying/
Here's a secret about micro CEO. I have been to Zihuatenejo. I hope to go again sometime. :-)
Posted by: micro CEO | November 21, 2014 at 04:43 PM

You are right about inability to adjust causing issues. I think one of your readers is also right that it was probably lack or loss of friendship that drove him to commit suicide.
Posted by: Thinker | November 22, 2014 at 05:27 PM

I think of 2 things after reading this reflection.
I agree that it can be easier to leave a physical prison than a mental prison. Likewise, once a person has left a mental prison, then a physical prison becomes irrelevant. In the video from the previous Friday Reflection, Jim Carrey gives numerous examples for this concept - "I have no limits", "I can't be contained because I'm the container", "there is a huge difference between a dog that is going to eat you in your mind and an actual dog that is going to eat you", and many more. Our existence is what we make of it.
I also think that Brooks might have fared better after his release from prison if he was able to go quickly from the old prison social support structure to a new non-prison social support structure that could help him manage the shock of transition, much like when some soldiers have difficulty with adjustment to a non-war environment. This is even true when companies do major organizational changes, and some workers struggle to understand how to be contributors in the new organization. Change can be very frightening if a person does not understand how to survive in the new environment and has no trusted friend for advice.
Posted by: California Guy | November 23, 2014 at 04:21 PM

A sad story.. not just make change to ourselves to jump out of prison in mind, also seeking outside assistance/advise is critical to ensure the smooth transition. so that you jump out of prison and still towards right direction.
Posted by: jerry | November 23, 2014 at 10:39 PM

The "sad" story of Brooks is used to underscore the need for a decision when Red is paroled and arrives in the same room later in the film. As Andy said, shortly before he made his escape, "Get busy living, or get busy dying". The overall message of the film is positive because Andy's hope carries many others. And the last time we see that wall in the film is had an additional message - "Brooks was here", but "so was Red" - and he chose to run toward life and join Andy in Mexico.
Posted by: BQN old-time | December 01, 2014 at 10:20 AM

We can reflect on the story for many things. Although this may not be the intent of your message, I think this is an epic failure of our "punishment" or prison system. Prisons should not only be just places to punish people for their doing bad things to the society, they should be places for rehabilitation so they could rejoin the society and become productive citizens after their "punishments". In this case, we failed totally.
Posted by: Ex Rable Rouser | December 06, 2014 at 05:38 PM

Sam

I haven't yet watched this movie but will do that soon. Having a mindset that we are all able to adapt to change if we give ourselves permission to feel bad for some time during this transition. That is where regular life reflections help.

Thomas

"You're either getting better or you're getting worse; there's no such thing as staying the same." - attributed to many different football coaches.

Levi's

There are few films that come some close to perfection. After seeing the movie several times, it came to my attention that the original screenplay was written by none other than Stephen King (what a surprise!). Here is a film with memorable characters, charismatic actors, philosophical dialogue, many rich lessons for life, tragedy and comedy in equal measure, imprisonment, struggle and escape to freedom, plus music encompassing everything from Mozart to Carl Perkins.
My favorite scene is probably the Marriage of Figaro scene, which simultaneously demonstrates joy, satisfaction, humor, irony, pride, willing sacrifice, and above all an appreciation for the beauty of high culture despite the dismal environment. It is a moment of defiant honor, something of an inspiration for anyone who every found himself in a seemingly hopeless situation. The scene was apparently the idea of leading actor Tim Robbins. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azWVPWGUE1M

JP

what a great reminder!

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