The movie Forrest Gump touched, moved, and inspired people 20+ years ago. The life lessons from the movie are just as relevant today as they were back in 1994. They give the movie it’s timeless nature.
This series is dedicated to listing the many life lessons from the movie that we can incorporate into our daily lives to feel more peace and love … and to live our lives with Gumption.
Anger Withheld Eventually Boils Over
Jenny and Forrest are walking along the road in the town of Greenbow, Alabama.
They come across Jenny’s old childhood home. It’s a boarded-up, broken-down, old wreck of a building.
The conversation stops as Jenny suddenly focuses intensely on the house … and starts walking with an intensity towards it.
Jenny reaches down, grabs a rock, and throws it with anger. She picks up another rock, chucks it, and this one breaks a window. More rocks. More throws. Anger withheld boiling over.
Jenny collapses to the ground and sobs.
Anger withheld will eventually boil over.
Jenny was abused by her father in that house. She was angry. Humiliated. Embarrassed. Resentful.
Up until that moment when she saw that house, she was most likely unaware of her deeply buried feelings. They just came out. All at once. Like a pot boiling over.
The kindly, philosophical Forrest gently sits down next to Jenny and thinks to himself, ‘Sometimes there just aren’t enough rocks.’
There are never enough rocks to wipe out the pain you could be suffering from your past.
There are never enough rocks when it comes to getting even. Seeking revenge.
Forgiveness and letting go is the only solution … as painful as that process may be.