A Dolphin Tale

On Sunday afternoon, Kirk, Ian and I watched the movie, “Dolphin Tale.”

Have you ever seen it?  If not, I recommend that you do.

It is based on the true story of a dolphin named Winter who injured her tail and had to have it amputated.  She was then given an artificial tail. (I don’t want to give away any of the movie so that is just part of the story.)

The other part is of a boy dealing with pain and trying to find his way in the world.  And the joy of seeing something inspire him and awaken a purpose for his life.

This is a very inspirational movie and one that even a 4 1/2 year old can watch.  It was so nice not to have to say, “Ian, cover your eyes,” or “Ian, cover your ears.”  I like finding a family movie that we all enjoyed.

Ian was fascinated with learning about the dolphin, the seagull, and other sea creatures.  He also enjoyed watching what the kids were doing.  This movie kept his interest the entire time.  And, if you have a young child, you know how rare that is!

Dolphin Tale starred Harry Connick, Jr., Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, and two great child actors, Nathan Gamble and Cozi Zuehlsdorff.  This is a great cast who worked very well together!

It was great to see a movie that celebrated teamwork in a good way, showed dealing with hard issues in life, learning on others, and dealt with prosthetics.

One of the lessons from this movie is to never give up no matter what happens to you.  People who have lost limbs due to war, illness, or a variety of other reasons can sometimes be made to feel less of a person.  Or people gauk at them because they are different.

Instead, as this movie conveyed, it’s okay to be different and that you can still do what you want.  It may just need to be done differently.  And, there is nothing wrong with that!

Another lesson that I gleaned from it is that people can do amazing things if they believe that they can and go for it!  Circumstances and obstacles don’t have to stop you from succeeding.

And, one other lesson, is for adults to try to live more like a child.  In other words, try to live in the moment and try not to think of all the reasons why you can’t do something, but instead focus on the fact that you can.

I hope and pray that I can put these lessons into practice!  Please share your thoughts and how this movie inspired you.

Here are some great quotes to go along with these lessons:

“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” ~Angela Schwindt

“Dreams are illustrations… from the book your soul is writing about you.”  ~Marsha Norman

“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.”  ~e.e. cummings

“Courage doesn’t always roar.  Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.”  ~Mary Anne Radmacher