Pursuit of Happyness

We saw Will Smith’s “Pursuit of Happyness” on DVD last night. Two words to describe the movie: uncomfortably inspiring. There were some moments in the movie where we were literally on the edge of our seats, not the suspense kind, but we can almost feel the pain and hardships that the main characters were having. After the movie, I told Joy that I can possibly handle sleeping in a rest room — that is, if I’m alone. But to have a 5 year old kid with you? That I cannot possibly handle. I admire the strength of character that Smith, in the movie, portrayed — which is based on real life story.

A couple of thoughts:

1. I can’t help but thank God that I don’t have to undergo that kind of hardships. The Bible says that God will not give us trials that we cannot handle. God does know me from the inside out. And He knows I can’t handle that kind of thing. God, on the other hand, does allow other kinds of hardships in my life to mould me and train me to become a better person. Things that sometimes I feel I cannot handle, but true enough to his promise, I am able.

2. Being comfortable is dangerous. I don’t mean we should not be happy for having a car, living in a townhouse or earning a good pay every month. I don’t mean that we should not be thankful for being comfortable. But being comfortable in life can hinder us from pushing ourselves harder. Smith, in the movie, is motivated to become better because he sees his child’s discomfort, and he felt his. He did not stop and just be contented with living in the streets with his kid (which is, apparently, the case for most families we see living under the flyovers throughout Metro Manila). Sometimes, if not most of the times, we stay in the comfort zone. We don’t grow, we don’t pursue personal improvements. But the reality is, there’s always room for improvement. We can improve our skills. We can improve our career. We can improve our relationships — with our spouse, with our love ones and with God. We should not be comfortable, it’s dangerous. Feel the discomfort and improve from where you are right now.