Here’s to the Forrest Gump in all of us

Posted by on 08.04.07 | 4 Comments
Filed Under Uncategorized

Warning: Illegal string offset 'status_txt' in /home/virtu151/public_html/wp-content/plugins/share-and-follow/share-and-follow.php on line 1168

Warning: Illegal string offset 'status_txt' in /home/virtu151/public_html/wp-content/plugins/share-and-follow/share-and-follow.php on line 1168

Warning: Illegal string offset 'status_txt' in /home/virtu151/public_html/wp-content/plugins/share-and-follow/share-and-follow.php on line 1168

Warning: Illegal string offset 'status_txt' in /home/virtu151/public_html/wp-content/plugins/share-and-follow/share-and-follow.php on line 1168

Warning: Illegal string offset 'status_txt' in /home/virtu151/public_html/wp-content/plugins/share-and-follow/share-and-follow.php on line 1168

Warning: Illegal string offset 'status_txt' in /home/virtu151/public_html/wp-content/plugins/share-and-follow/share-and-follow.php on line 1168

Warning: Illegal string offset 'status_txt' in /home/virtu151/public_html/wp-content/plugins/share-and-follow/share-and-follow.php on line 1168

Warning: Illegal string offset 'status_txt' in /home/virtu151/public_html/wp-content/plugins/share-and-follow/share-and-follow.php on line 1168

As we made homemade grapefruit/ginger/mint sorbet last night, ate it out of the Donvier, and re-watched Forrest Gump with our brother Mike’s family last night, I was struck with a deep longing to be Forrest…Forrest Gump. (This is a live link to a photo gallery on the IMDB website with pictures from the movie).

I want to be that simple, that loving, that utterly un-moved by all the distracting goings-on.

Jenny’s trust in Forrest was one of the things that touched me in this, my 4th or 5th viewing of the movie. While Jennys’ life was marked by abuse from her girlhood on, she knew from the minute she met him that Forrest was to be trusted. It is an interesting complexity of this beautifully done movie, that from the earlier days when Jenny was Forrest’s protector, that role shifted and transformed, so that as Jenny grew into herself, she realized that Forrest was her strength. The deep, soul-work of Forrest’s love for her transformed her pain so that it did not have to be transmitted out into the world, and more importantly, to their son. What an amazing gift his simple, enduring love was for her.

There’s some prose by Ralph Waldo Emerson that rings through my life.

“To laugh often and much. To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived: this is to have succeeded.”

By these standards, Forrest’s life was a raging success.

This week I had a dream, and the part of it that seems to relate to this post is that I traded my home in Bend, Oregon for an old Airstream on the banks of the John Day River (an ancient river that winds through the desert of central Oregon). The structure was nothing, but the land around it was covered in wild and cultivated flowers of all kinds, and the river ran through it all. I was ecstatic with my choice, and in such peace, that I awoke in tears of joy. This is the peace that I seek with all my heart: to make choices that are based on my soul’s yearnings (or ‘sehnsucht’).

I want the Forrest Gump in me to become stronger and the part of me that cares what the rest of the world thinks to lessen its hold.

We would love to hear from you–you have to ‘join’, and then you can comment to the blogs, or post stories of your own, and you are encouraged to do so!

Love, without reservation, and with a heart afire this morning with wildflower essence–

Beth, VTH Host

]]>

timeline

4 Comments

have your say

Add your comment below, or trackback from your own site. Subscribe to these comments.

Be nice. Keep it clean. Stay on topic. No spam.

You can use these tags:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

:

: