Lessons from Life of Pi

I saw the movie Life of Pi for the first time two nights ago. I haven’t had a chance to read the book, so I can’t compare the two. But what I can say about the movie is that I really appreciated all the quotes and life lessons. What a beautiful story of survival, faith and perseverance. I knew the basis of the story but I was not expecting it to be so moving. I must have cried like 15 times throughout the movie. Here are some of the quotes that stood out to me:

“Even when God seemed to have abandoned me, He was watching. Even when he seemed indifferent to my suffering, He was watching; and when I was beyond hope of saving, He gave me rest, and gave me a sign to continue my journey.”
-This quote helps me remember that God is not indifferent, He sees what’s going on in our lives and He’s there and when we are at our wit’s end, He gives us rest and hope to carry on.

“I must say a word about fear. It is life’s only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unnerving ease. It begins in your mind, always … so you must fight hard to express it. You must fight hard to shine the light of words upon it. Because if you don’t, if your fear becomes a wordless darkness that you avoid, perhaps even manage to forget, you open yourself to further attacks of fear because you never truly fought the opponent who defeated you.”
– Not sure if this was actually said in the movie, but he does talk about fear and I found this quote to be such a powerful and truthful statement about fear. You have to fight fear. You have to push forward even when you are afraid.

“You must take life the way it comes at you and make the best of it.”
– So true. Life will throw things at us. Jesus said it in the book of John – “In this world you WILL have trouble”. It’s a guarantee. But He says in the very next sentence, “but take heart because I have overcome the world”. So, for me, when life throws it’s punches I’m going to try to make the best of it. I will not lose hope, I will take heart because of that verse in John; Jesus overcame the world.

“Doubt is useful. It keeps faith a living thing. You cannot know the strength of your faith until it is tested.”
– Love this one. It speaks for itself. Doubt, trials and hardship often make us question our faith. But when you come through, your faith is usually stronger than it was before you were tested.

Other take aways I found interesting:
– Taking care of Richard Parker actually helped keep Pi alive. We need to know we have purpose.
– We also need distraction in times of trouble. Pi kept distracted by focusing on little things, like writing, creating rafts, fishing and training Richard Parker. Distraction can be a powerful tool. The mind can only focus on one thing at a time.
– The discussion the father has with Pi at dinner about choosing one religion. He says something like, “if you follow all of these religions then you follow nothing”.
– The fact that through all the adversity and heartache and despair that Pi went through, he pushed on. We can all learn a lesson in perseverance from Pi.
– The sadness and attachment we feel even towards animals. It’s hard to say goodbye! That’s just the truth. Pi cried when he got to the part in his story where Richard Parker went off into the jungle without a backward glance. We get attached and it’s always hard to let go.

What did you all take away from the movie or the book?

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2 thoughts on “Lessons from Life of Pi

  1. I felt a bit teary after reading this. Well written and some really quotes here.
    Yup, I watched this movie, loved it, and blogged about it too, a couple of months ago.
    Among the best of Ang Lee.

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