What I left with watching Secretariat.

This past weekend we took the kids to go see the movie Secretariat and my oh my what an amazing story.  When I left, my mind was racing with so many take-aways from this fantastic movie.

  1. It starts off quoting Job 39:19-24, “Do you give the horse his strength or clothe his neck with a flowing mane? Do you make him leap like a locust, striking terror with his proud snorting? He paws fiercely, rejoicing in his strength, and charges into the fray. He laughs at fear, afraid of nothing; he does not shy away from the sword. The quiver rattles against his side, along with the flashing spear and lance. In frenzied excitement he eats up the ground; he cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds."
  2. The housewife and mother, played by Diane Lane, always knew what her dream was and pursued it.  All while trying to be the best mother she could be.  (I can relate to that!)
  3. “Just let him run!” says Diane Lane.  Those words stood out for me.  How many times do we allow ourselves or others to hold us back because we are to afraid to push.  When they let Secretariat run and stopped holding him back, they saw that what they thought was impossible was possible.
  4. When the horse trainer, Eddy, went out to the track by himself and began to shout  “Big Red done eat his breakfast this mornin’”.  It was a turning point for Secretariat.  It’s funny what obedience does.
  5. A movie about “The Mom” being the hero…finally. (Although, I couldn't be who I am today without my husband!)
  6. It was a sit on the edge of your seat waiting to see all that has been accomplished to be used when it matters the most.
  7. How one person's determination and instinct can make all the difference. I love seeing that played out in real life, especially when that one person is standing alone-- but has the courage to keep standing up for what she believes.
  8. I can take my kids and not worry about language or innuendos.
  9. Big Red reminds us of our own fears and insecurities we struggle with.
  10. Reminded me of my grandfather’s horses and going to the Santa Anita racetrack as a kid.