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A Lesson from Forrest Gump on Gratitude

You’ll Never Know What You’re Capable Of If You Don’t Try

My life philosophy is to live each day one moment at a time with an attitude and appreciation for everything I should be thankful for. The month of November and the Thanksgiving holiday are a perfect time to reflect on the lesson of Gratitude; the quality of being thankful.

In terms of film, one of my all-time favorites is “Forrest Gump” (1994); a perfect example of living a life of gratitude. There are quotes galore that are a treasure trove of life lessons. Every time I think of the movie the first quote I hear is:


“Everywhere I went I was running.”

Forrest was always running. Running to the next adventure in his life and running to embrace everything the world had to offer.

And, probably the most quoted:Movie

“Life’s like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.


I agree with Forrest’s mom to take it as it comes and realize that the only thing we control is our attitude in the situation and the significance it plays in the outcome.


Forrest Gump’s (Tom Hanks) life is a testimony to gratitude. He understands his challenges but is not hesitant to live life to the fullest, including telling his childhood love Jenny (Robin Wright) how he feels about her.

He gets it. Life gives you what you get, so don’t whine, go for it and make the most of your journey.

Positive attitude quoteThank God for his mother, (Sally Field), not listening to what the “experts” had to say. She did whatever she had to do to provide Forrest with the strong foundation that he could do anything. With his braces, he had “magic” legs. Turn every so-called obstacle into an advantage. Once again, attitude is everything!

Forrest is a true inspiration and proof that with support and love we can overcome adversity. Love and compassion make the difference.

Forrest loved and was deeply loved by those whose lives he touched.

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Written by DonnaMarie Woodson

As a writer, wife, and mother I feel it is my obligation to hold a mirror up to the world to remind us to treat others as we would wish to be treated. I’m a fighter who is a survivor of both Colon and Breast Cancer and live for every moment of every day.

My philosophy is we create our own reality so it’s up to us to live a life of peace, compassion, and love.

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