Last night I watched Gone with the Wind on television. The Garden Gnome was
enthusiastic subjected to watching it along with me. I have to admit that this is one book (along with Watership Down) that will always be in my personal library. I have read it numerous times and enjoyed it very much. It’s been a long time since I watched the screen adaptation of the novel and I have changed within myself as a person since the last time I watched it.
How do I know this?
Where once I enjoyed watching Scarlett, this time I was irritated by her.
Where once, I would become angry at Rhett, this time I empathised with him.
Scarlett is a headstrong woman who will push and push to get what she wants – or believes that she wants. This is an admirable quality in small doses however Scarlett did not stop to think just who she would hurt in the process of achieving her desires.
She spent her life pursuing an unattainable dream (Ashley Wilkes) and then one day found that what she wanted all along (Rhett) had been right under her nose the whole time. Unfortunately, by the time she came to this realisation it was too late.
In the background the whole time was a truly good woman (Ashley’s wife Melanie) who stood by Scarlett in everything and could only see the good contained with her whilst those around her took every opportunity (sometimes rightfully so) to besmirch her integrity and reputation.
Scarlett was truly blessed in so many ways. Although she was starving and struggled to keep herself and her family alive at one point in her life, she could only see the bad in any situation. Scarlett suffered. There is no denying that. She suffered grief and loss and I can truly empathise with that. Others around Scarlett saw her as strong and self assured yet inside, she was lacking in self confidence. This lack of self confidence manifested as selfishness and vanity.
So what life lessons did I take from watching Gone with the Wind last night?
I learned to stop pushing so hard and to appreciate what I have in the present.
I learned that if obstacles keep getting in the way of your dream perhaps it is not the right dream after all.
I learned to appreciate the people I have around me and accept what you consider their weaknesses – because that is in fact their greatest strength.
I learned that support can be found in the unlikeliest of places.
I learned that you have to be knocked down in order to rise stronger.
I learned that money doesn’t buy happiness.
I learned that integrity is important. and,
I learned that the GG really loves me because he sat and watched the movie with me and only made a few
witty sarcastic comments about the plot in the whole movie (all 3 3/4 hours of it).
Have a wonderful Sunday 🙂