This week I paid a premium price to see Shawshank Redemption in the theatre – even though I own it and practically have it memorized. It was the 25th Anniversary special showing and I thought I needed to take advantage of the opportunity to see it on the big screen for the first time.

I wasn’t interested in the film when it first came out, falsely believing that it was a film about prisons. It’s really a story about friendship – and about hope. I sometimes watch the movie when I’m feeling blue and need a dose of inspiration and renewed faith in the future.

As Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) says: “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”

Everyone should have a go-to source of encouragement for those moments when doubt creeps in. Whether it’s a prayer, a song, a poem, or a movie — don’t hesitate to fuel hope with the words that speak to your spirit.

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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