We been through every kind of rain there is. Little bitty stingin’ rain … and big ol’ fat rain. Rain that flew in sideways. And sometimes rain even seemed to come straight up from underneath.?Forrest Gump
We all recognize these famous lines from the movie Forrest Gump when our hero and his fellow solders are walking the countryside of Vietnam … It’s this whole other country. Isn’t it great how Forrest has the ability to see rain not as generic but with so many subtle variations? Instead of just rain, Forrest sees the moistures texture, size, and direction.
Do you regularly look for the variety, texture and direction of everyday life, or are you only experiencing living in the most obvious and humdrum dimensions?
Forrest had the special ability to experience life in the moment. Like a child, he experienced events as they were occurring and thoughts as they occurred to him. When he was in Vietnam out on patrol, his focus was on the here and now. As the rain started and continued, he noticed the fluctuations and ranges. Talk about the ability to concentrate! It seems too often in today’s world with all the chatter and noise and tweets it’s getting harder to concentrate and we’re loosing the ability to experience life in the here and now. Consequently, we’re missing the rich textures of everyday living.
Maybe it’s no different then in the past? After all, the expression stop and smell the roses has been around about 100 years. Surely life in 1910 was radically different then today. And yet people needed reminding 100 years ago to enjoy life as much as they need reminding to enjoy life today.
I’m guessing it’s a fundamental that we all know on a deep down intellectual level but need constant reminding. That place of ‘deep down intellectual’ is far different than on-the-surface experiencing, isn’t it? Life has a way of overwhelming us with details to the point of numbness so that we only see things in a generic and bland manner … this is called surviving. Forrest seemed to experience life in each moment in all its richness … that is called living.
It’s no wonder that Sean O’Connell, ranked the Forrest Gump rain scene #3 on his list of top ten movie rain scenes as listed on Eric Melon’s Scene Stealer website. Not only was the scene entertaining and memorable, it is a reminder to look at life in all its wonderful variations and subtleties and textures. The rain scene is a reminder to experience life in a Gump-like manner.
To learn more on this subject continue to explore the SpeakingGump.com website or consider having Steve Weber speak at your next company or association meeting. And that’s all I’ve got to say about that!
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