Old movies are like old friends, for even if you haven’t seen them for awhile you are renewed by being around them once again. You discover things you missed in previous times together and you learn a few life lessons in the process.
I’ve been on my couch a good deal of time in my healing process. So lots of screen time has inevitably ensued. I’ve tried not to be a passive observer but rather an active learner. To Kill a Mockingbird was my last night’s viewing pleasure. So many take-aways from this timeless gem. I was happily reminded of many life lessons as applicable today as they were back then.
Boo Radley reminds us that most people are essentially kind if given the chance to know them. We can’t judge a book by their cover but rather we need to give each person a chance as we discover who they are.
Dill Harris reminds us that friends can be found in the most unlikely of places if we are intentionally looking to find them.
Atticus Finch reminds us…we must be able to walk around in a someone’s skin to be able to truly understand them. We have to drop our perspective and try to find theirs. He also reminds us of the importance of integrity and courage inherent in following one’s moral code, especially when others do not believe the same. This is a hard truth of character building.
Tom Robinson reminds us that regardless of race or gender, people are people. We are more alike than we are different. We all want to be understood.
Calpurnia reminds us that all people deserve to be treated with respect. We have a responsibility for politeness and compassion. If you have to choose between being right or being kind, choose being kind and you will always be right.
Scout and Jem remind us that we can learn much from the innocence of children as they ask the blunt questions in their attempts to understand the world. As adults we have placed our own filters of prejudice to preclude a clear focus. Out of the mouths of babes….
Sheriff Tate reminds us that justice may come in many forms.
Such a great book…such a great movie…such wisdom to be found. So much to learn in the most unlikely of places. A Tree Star for the emotional realm to be sure.
“People generally see what they look for and hear what they listen for” ~ Harper Lee