Movies to Inspire You

Last week we watched the inspirational movie, Secretariat, about the horse that won the Triple Crown back in the early 1970’s.  The horse’s owner was Penny Chenery who inherited him when her father died. In spite of no Triple Crown winners for the 25 years prior, and in spite of  substantial offers for her to sell Secretariat, Penny held on to see her improbable dream of him winning the Triple Crown and saw it come true.

During a separation it is so easy to hear from your spouse, friends, pastors, and lawyers that your marriage is hopeless. Sometimes it is helpful just to watch a movie that tells of great battles won against the odds. It doesn’t have to be a movie about marriage either. Any great story that inspires you to keep trying will do. Some possible movies are Fireproof, Facing the Giants, Secretariat, Rocky, Braveheart, or Chariots of Fire. The key is to find inspiration to pull through when it seems like all hope should be lost.

It is not uncommon for me to meet a divorced person who tells me that they really wished they had fought harder for their marriage. I have also had divorced people indicate to  me that if they had put as much energy into their first marriage as they have into their second marriage in an effort not to fail again, that they would still be married to their first spouse.

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4 Responses to Movies to Inspire You

  1. Greg Bland says:

    Sharon,
    We too watched Secretariat but after a review we read online that warned about Penny’s abandonment of the family to focus upon the horse and racing. With this review in mind, and prepared to discuss it with our children we were amazed at what our children’s perception of this way. During the movie, as they watched, almost in unison our two oldest said, “I can’t believe the family let her go alone, why wouldn’t they support her in this dream?”

    What a perspective, and to be honest, one that made both mom and dad proud.

    • sewildman says:

      I had the same thought when we were watching the movie! Why didn’t they go with her? They showed up only after Secretariat was winning and in the limelight. It’s hard to tell. I’m glad your children were sensitive to that aspect!

      I think what Richard was trying to get at with this post was she didn’t give up on Secretariat and we shouldn’t give up on our marriages so easily.

  2. sewildman says:

    I had the same thought when we were watching the movie! Why didn’t they go with her? They showed up only after Secretariat was winning and in the limelight. It’s hard to tell. I’m glad your children were sensitive to that aspect!

    I think what Richard was trying to get at with this post was she didn’t give up on Secretariat and we shouldn’t give up on our marriages so easily.

  3. Jeff Hamlin says:

    I am putting all my effort into reconciling with my 1st (and only) wife. There will not be a 2nd for me.

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