January 2020: What a Difference a Year Makes

January 07, 2020

"Life is very short and anxious for those who forget the past, neglect the present, and fear the future."

- & Seneca, ca. 4 BC – 65 AD, Roman philosopher, statesman, orator, and tragedian

What a Difference a Year Makes

Based on Dan Millman's autobiographical novel, the 2006 movie "Peaceful Warrior" depicts the story of a chance encounter between Dan, a talented college gymnast who aspires for Olympic glory and a gas station attendant nicknamed 'Socrates', who becomes his mentor.

In one scene, Socrates takes his protégé on a three-hour hike deep into the mountains. On the way up, Dan is excited and happy because he anticipates that Socrates will show him something important. At the top, Dan asks, "What did you want to show me?" When Socrates points to a non-descript rock, a visibly disappointed Dan complains, "This is it? This is what you wanted to show me?" But after some reflection, Dan comes to realize that it's "the journey that brings us happiness, not the destination."

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