What’s the Lesson in That?

la_ca_0226_jurassic_worldHope's editor-in-chief Cheryl Pullins shares three life lessons from Jurassic World If you pay attention, life is always speaking and trying to teach you lessons.

Interestingly enough, I get many of my life lessons when I watch movies. The reason I find so many teachable movie moments is because I consistently look for them. I am always asking the question, “What’s the lesson in that?” or “What do I need to hear today that may help me get through a future situation?”

This month the Blockbuster summer hit Jurassic World came to theaters—to the tune of more than $500 million. Even though I’m a frequent moviegoer, I was really on the fence about going to watch a genetically created prehistoric creature run around and kill for sport.

Nope, wasn’t going to do it.

Then the reviews came in via my Facebook newsfeed. One by one, people started to say how good the movie was, and I thought, “You have got to be kidding me!” Well, because I have an intervention worthy obsession with movies, that was all I needed to make the decision to hop in my car and make a beeline for the theater.

With eager anticipation, popcorn and a box of Goobers, I sported my theater-issued 3D glasses, and in full IMAX® splendor, I experienced a spectacular spectacle of visual entertainment. With true life form and in spite of raptors, pterodactyls and a genetically created new breed of dinosaur running amuck, I once again found life lessons.

The first lesson was discovered during a conversation between Owen and Claire in reference to his relationship with the raptors. He said, “It’s not about control, but it’s a relationship based on mutual respect.” So, of course, I asked myself the question, “What’s the lesson in that?”

When it comes to life and relationships, you can control no one but yourself. Relationships, no matter how great or challenging, are built upon the solid principle of mutual respect. Growing up, I was taught that you can catch more flies with honey. Consider mutual respect, honey. I learned that people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Mutual respect is the first step to showing that you care.

The second lesson was from a quick and witty comment Gray made to his brother, Zach. Zach kept ogling girls often. Finally, his brother said, “Nothing is going to happen if you just stare at them.”

Wow! What a powerful principle for life. What’s the lesson in that? How often do you find yourself stuck and just staring—not taking action, not moving forward, waiting for someone to come along to give you permission to live your dreams? How long have you lived your life staring up to the sky and looking at your dreams as if they are unattainable? In life, nothing will happen if you just stand there and stare. If you want to live your dreams, you have to take action. You have to take a step forward. Make a move in the direction of your dreams. You never know what will happen.

The last lesson I was able to curate from this thrilling, edge-of-your-seat visual discourse was this: you can’t do life alone. Simple, yet difficult. What’s the lesson in that? Many individuals have made the decision to go about doing life without support, encouragement or inspiration from others. As with any movie of this type, a big showdown is inevitable. Even though it usually looks like they have it all under control, in order for the hero to survive, it takes a team of people.

There’s a saying that expresses this succinctly: “It takes a village.”

In Owen’s case, it took a village of three to outwit a dinosaur. But in your case, it takes a village to live a life of inspiration, dreams and hope.

Now, what’s the lesson in that?

Photo Credit: Chuck Zlotnick/Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, Inc.