It seems like every time that I watch “Gone With The Wind” I find new meaning in it and new reasons to love it even more. I just watched it again last weekend with my girls after we spent the weekend in Heber, Utah watching a Civil War reenactment and going to a Civil War ball. Scarlett O’Hara has always been a character that I admired and wanted to be like. The first time I watched it I was only 13 and I wanted to be like Scarlett because of all the men that swooned over her. Her beauty and passion for life attracted men of all ages and I wanted to be like that. But as I sat there and watched it for the ten thousandth time, I realized that one thing that I love most about Scarlett O’Hara is her courage. No matter how bad things got or how scared she was, she did not show it. She was determined to come out on top no matter what. One scene that portrays this better than any other is when she runs to the garden and picks a radish to eat, then stands and says, “As God is my witness, as God is my witness they're not going to lick me. I'm going to live through this and when it's all over, I'll never be hungry again. No, nor any of my folk. If I have to lie, steal, cheat or kill. As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again.”
It is that type of courage that pulls so many people through the worst situations. It is that kind of courage that built this great nation. Where else in the world can someone go from the depths of poverty to being one of the wealthiest people in America?
Oprah Winfrey is one of those people. She was born to a poor unwed teenaged mother. She was raped at age nine and gave birth to a baby boy at age fourteen that died in infancy. Yet at the age of 32 she became a millionaire when her talk show went national. Today she is worth over $2.5 billion. She did not let the hardships of life get her down and neither should you.
If you have found yourself in a bad situation I implore you to have courage. I know that in times it is easier said than done so do what I did and find yourself a bit of inspiration that you can play over and over again. For me it was playing Rodney Atkins song, “If You’re Going Through Hell”. If you are not a country music fan then maybe you will like the Simple Truths link below. It features a poem by Paula Fox called, “Courage Doesn’t Always Roar.”
Whatever you do… just keep doing and don’t give up. The best things in life you have to work the hardest for.
“If you’re going through hell, keep on going, don’t slow down. If you’re scared don’t show it. You might get out before the devil even knows you’re there.” By Rodney Atkins