“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” -Desmond Tutu
Hope has many different meanings. A desire for a better future, wishing your current circumstance was more appealing, even wishing that you will influence others so they may one day be better than yourself. In each case they have a commonality: a light at the end of a tunnel.
No matter what circumstances may come, we can always rest assure that they will get better. These movies are Academy Award Best Picture Winners that inspire and uplift. Each one is unique and yet provides us with that common sense of hope.
- The King’s Speech
A man who inherits the throne and the responsibility to rule a quarter of the world’s population and yet can’t say one sentence without stammering. King George VI was plagued with fear and a tremendous role to uphold. After the abdication of his brother, “Bertie” seeks the help of Lionel Logue, an Australian speech therapist to help build his speech and his confidence. Logue and Bertie unite and create a powerful friendship that helps prepare the king for the greatest test he never knew he had to face: preparing a nation for war. We get to experience through the lives of King George and those around him as he goes from cowardly second son to a noble king. This movie exemplifies that through good friends and influences we are able to find our best selves and a new hope that we will become more than we can ever imagine.
2. Forrest Gump
A man with a simple mind and a pure heart. There is much to love about this movie. Forrest gives all of us a small sense of joy throughout the movie as he is placed in history’s most poignant moments. His simplicity and honesty touch the lives of those around him. He gave hope to many, and landed in the hearts of us all as we witnessed his sincere love for Jenny. His simple sayings such as, “Life’s a box of chocolates…you never know what you’re gonna get,” and “It happens…sometimes,” inspire all of us to take life less seriously. Enjoy the simple things and have hope that things will get better.
3. Schindler’s List
This movie is a prime example of how the change of one man can change the lives of many. A Nazi supporter and vain businessman, Schindler, witnesses a massacre of Jews in Poland. Devastated he “purchases” Jews as workers in his factory in order to keep them from entering concentration camps. In the end, Schindler was able to spare 1,100 lives through his continual efforts to bribe and sway Nazi leaders. In the end, he has to flee the country since he is still a proclaimed Nazi, but the workers leave him with a ring that states: “He who saves the life of one man, saves the world entire.” An act of humility gave hope to over 1,000 and allowed them to have a future that would not have been permitted otherwise.
There is good all around us. Hope can be found no matter the darkness we feel. Whether it is our influence on others or others influence on ourselves, we can see that there is always good to be found. Hope is within reach, all you have to do is look.
Never lose hope.