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.
Imagination is defined as both the faculty of producing ideal creations and the ability to face and resolve difficulties. Or resourcefulness.
The producers and director of the movie Forrest Gump used a lot of imagination when inserting Forrest into historical video footage by using then-new technology. Scenes include:
- Forrest appearing with John Lennon on the Dick Caveat Show
- Forrest appearing with three different Presidents at the White House
- Forrest appearing with George Wallace during the Stand in the Schoolhouse Door
These cinematic tricks allowed viewers to use our imaginations. We imagined Forrest a real person actually present and influencing special moments in history.
John Lennon used his imagination from the words Forrest spoke during their visit and conversation with Dick Caveat to craft the hit song Imagine.
FORREST: Well, in the land of China, people hardly got nothing at all.
JOHN LENNON: No possessions?
FORREST: And in China, they never go to church.
JOHN LENNON: No religion, too?
DICK CAVETT: Oh. Hard to imagine.
JOHN LENNON: Well, it’s easy if you try, Dick.
People never mistook Forrest for one of the sharpest knives in the drawer. Nor did they proclaim him a deep, profound thinker.
But like a child who blurts out something clever and astonishes her parents, Forrest had the ability to continuously use his imagination and see the truth. He wasn’t constrained by what he knew. He simply saw life as it was and spoke simple truths.
- Our imagination goes mute when our brains are screaming facts
- Our imagination becomes timid when we’re only hearing shoulda, woulda & coulda
- Our imagination goes silent when we’re listening to the critics
- Our imagination gets stuck when we believe we already know
A child is rarely mute, timid, silent, or stuck … until he learns each of these behaviors.
Imagination isn’t learned – it’s unlearned.
Forrest Gump never had to unlearn how to use his imagination.