When anybody asks me what my favorite movie is, I never even have to hesitate before telling him or her, “The Shawshank Redemption.” What could be better than a story about a man who is wrongfully accused, sent to prison for two lifetimes, abused by his fellow inmates, and exploited for his banking knowledge, who eventually [SPOILER ALERT] escapes from prison with approximately $2.6 Million dollars (1967 dollar adjusted to 2014) worth of the warden’s laundered funds?
I not only love the overall story; but the writing for the movie was impeccable. One quote in particular is one of the voice-over narrations by Morgan Freeman as Ellis (Red) Redding:
I have no idea to this day what those two Italian ladies were singing about. Truth is, I don’t want to know. Some things are best left unsaid. I’d like to think they were singing about something so beautiful, it can’t be expressed in words, and makes your heart ache because of it. I tell you, those voices soared higher and farther than anybody in a gray place dares to dream. It was like some beautiful bird flapped into our drab little cage and made those walls dissolve away, and for the briefest of moments, every last man in Shawshank felt free.
There is a beauty and a comfort in the simple things of the world. Music is undoubtedly one of them.
Another of the simple and beautiful things is the change of seasons. We have enjoyed a remarkable amount of rain the last several weeks here in Cache Valley. There is a scene toward the end of The Shawshank redemption where Andy is shown in a water-filled ditch, torrential rain falling all around, with his arms raised to the sky.
Far too often, when it rains, people are quick to pull out an umbrella and seek cover. How much more joy might there be in our lives if we restrained this impulse and did as Andy did? What if we stopped whatever trivial thing we might be doing at the moment to raise our hands to embrace the sky. What if we basked in the feeling of the world’s kisses rather than attempting to flee from them?
The other morning I took the opportunity to enjoy the feel of the rain on my skin. When and what was your last moment of joy?