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

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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