Have you ever had any regrets? I think most of us would definitely answer yes to this! While I sometimes like to think that if I was ever given the chance to do things differently I would seize that opportunity, I quickly begin to realize that might not really turn out the way I was hoping,
Like most people, I have some really painful moments in my life that left me feeling immense regret or shame. Going back and redoing things could ultimately change my current story and that is something I am not quite sure I want to do. I am who I am thanks to the choices I have made, both positive and negative. I have a beautiful family and a rewarding job. I have learned the value of hard work and forgiving others. The person I have developed into is someone that is happy, confident, and kind. That is something I am not willing to change.
Recently I had the chance to watch a movie screening that reminded me just how important it is to value my relationships. Storm Boy, which opens in select theaters April 5, does a beautiful job of reminding us how our relationships shine through even among the regrets. Set in Australia, this movie focuses on stewardship. What is stewardship? I really like the way Chris Brown explains it in this article featured on Dave Ramsey. Stewardship, at its core, is how we manage the gifts we have been given. The problem is in understanding what these “gifts” are. Gifts come in many forms: jobs, family, friends, possessions, etc.. It is truly everything around us! Not just our relationships but also the world in which we live. Storm Boy takes the story of Michael and his relationship with his father and his future granddaughter to show how we must learn to protect what we love through compassion, empathy, and teamwork.
We have all been here at some point in our lives and will likely continue to find ourselves here-wishing we had done things differently with someone! Sometimes we realize this a little too late in life to make things right. While it may be too late to physically say you are sorry to someone or something, we can CHOOSE to do the right thing after the fact simply be choosing to forgive ourselves and showing that compassion to others. What we have to realize is there is someone, perhaps a child, watching our every move and in many cases duplicating it. What we choose to do is seen not only in our lives, but they echo in the lives of our children. Leaving a legacy built on compassion and kindness is far better than leaving one full of regrets.
About the Movie
A beautiful and contemporary retelling of Colin Thiele’s classic Australian tale.
‘Storm Boy’ has grown up to be Michael Kingley, a successful retired businessman and grandfather. When Kingley starts to see images from his past that he can’t explain, he is forced to remember his long-forgotten childhood, growing up on an isolated coastline with his father. He recounts to his granddaughter the story of how, as a boy, he rescued and raised an extraordinary orphaned pelican, Mr. Percival. Their remarkable adventures and very special bond has a profound effect on all their lives.
Based on the beloved book, Storm Boy is a timeless story of an unusual and unconditional friendship.
This movie can be seen in select theaters beginning April 5, 2019. To locate a theater near you that is playing Storm Boy, go here.
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