The Shawshank Redemption – ‘Protect Your Vision!!’

Shawshank Redemption

Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King 1994

I was considering how important it is to protect any vision you have for yourself in the hope of experiencing great change in your life.  I considered why it was during a time of war, harsh imprisonment, bondage/human slavery, etc., the focus  or drive of those in power seems to be to strip people of any vision or hope they may have for themselves? Why? What makes a vision or hope for an individual so important?

What makes a vision or hope for an individual so important?

Now many people will see things as a matter of fate or  that’s life and things just happen.  For them when things happen,  you just deal with the cards you have been dealt with.  But for me being a person who believes in God, I also equally believe that there is devil who is at odds with any good God wishes to reflect in and through your life. I think it was while I was studying marketing it was explained that if you gave the customer too much choice it wasn’t a good thing because it brings them into a place of indecision and no decision.  So distraction is a powerful tool and weapon.  He slows you down, confuses you and most of all, leaves you with an unclear path. Just as powerful as no vision.   Anything that requires depth and discipline, time and patience is challenged, laughed at, frowned on and somewhat unappreciated? Because people who are seen to end up limiting their focus to one thing, are not understood,  in a world where you can have and do so many things.

But when you take away a person’s hope, that sense of who they are and what they stand for.  When you confuse them in their path, mislead them down many a blind and winding ally, leading to no particular destination, it is a powerfully destructive thing. It’s also a strategy, because it means your purpose is never understood or attained by you.

The Shawshank Redemption is one of my favourite films.  I have watched it sooooo many times, I have lost count of the times and I never get bored with it. The photo above is a shot from a pivotal and defining moment in the film when the Governor is hit by the biggest revelation in is life that all he had acquired over the years through the abuse, misuse and killing of people –  was now lost.  All of his strategic planning and powerful manipulation, thwarted.  All because of the meticulous patience and quiet brilliance of one man – who he thought he owned.  A man he saw as nothing and believed had no purpose or vision.  A prisoner –  a man who he felt he had stripped of everything that would make him feel he had any worth.  A prisoner, who he felt owed him everything including his very life, because he had protected him from being regularly gang raped.  A man who he felt was now beholding to him for his very life and should be grateful for the fact that he had been given the opportunity to do the Governors bidding. A prisoner, who society and judged and incarcerated, no longer having any rights in societies eyes nor having any rights in his (the Governor’s eyes, other than to do what he was asked to do). This prisoner, had somehow turned the tables and his world upside down, directly under his nose and he did not see it coming!!

I totally loved this film. The shape in the bible was where he kept the small pick that he used for around 20 years, painstakingly digging is tunnel to freedom to the outside of the prison. The vision for his life he protected in his head in spite of the harshness of his real life. In this case he didn’t even share is plan with his best friend (Morgan Freeman), nor anyone in fear of it becoming known. By the time the Governor opens up the bible and sees the above picture, the pick has become half of its original size because of how it had been worn down over the years with use.

A few quotes from the movie:-


Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.

Get busy living or get busy dying.

Ah chess… now there’s a game of kings, knights, strategy….. ( I leave it to you to find out Ellis’ response:-)

Quotes from


It’s a great story that shows it is possible to achieve the unbelievable.

So protect your vision. It’s ok to dream big as long as you a working to make it happen, because no dream is achieved with inactivity.  The bigger the dream the greater the challenges. It’s a bout sacrifice really, and how much you want something. Not everyone will understand, and not everyone will be supportive.  Whose right? You and your dream or those speaking out of their perception and vision for your life?

For me, it’s about what God says for my life? He led me to say what I have been saying throughout my blog, Be the change you want to be. Until next time.


Aquene7 = Peace

About aquene7

I am a mother, a grandmother and Christian, all an essential part of who I am. I happened upon Blogging and found out how to mesh something I have done through out my life which was encouraging those who were friends and family and my love of writing. In doing my usual personal development I came in to the world of coaching and totally fell in love with it and I am currently studying to become a Personal Performance/Life Coach with The Coaching Academy. I absolutely love writing and thought this would be good way to combine these three passions in one place. I hope you find my blog does what it says on the tin, which is to encourage readers with positive and motivational posts:-) Update: 23/3/14: I finally decided to put a face to my blog:-)

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