I usually put on a movie on my day off, and yesterday, I put on a movie I hadn't seen in quite a while. It was one of the most inspirational movies I have ever seen. Seabiscuit (1993).
It was the Great Depression,
Things were hard all around. And it brought together four of the most unlikely people,
A businessman who had lost everthing,
A horse trainer who was too old, but majored in taking hopeless cases,
A jockey that was too big to be one, and was blind in one eye.
And then there was the horse.
Seabiscuit, a runt, too small, and programmed to lose, bitter and wild, had become untameable.
And the four were brought together, and the results were amazing as they learned to trust each other.
The horse went on to win a great race against a major thoroughbred, named War Admiral.
But then, at the height of success, disaster struck. The jockey shattered his leg. An injury caused the horse to go lame. There was no hope for either, but they healed each other, and there was a final race where they proved themselves.
There's a quote at the end that is worth the whole movie.
"People think we found this broken down horse and fixed him. The truth is, he fixed us, all of us. And in a way, we fixed each other."
And that is what we're trying to do at Spark People, we're a bunch of broken people like this team who are fixing each other.
I dare you to watch this clip and not cry.
We can learn a lot from Seabiscuit, a horse which gave hope in a time when people were looking for anything to give them hope.