"Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves up." - Alfred
Imagine lying at the bottom of a deep hole, the worst hell on earth. Imagine the pain of a broken back, being hated, humiliated, mocked, disrespected, and left for dead. Imagine being surrounded by hopelessness and despair. This was Bruce Wayne’s reality, and yet he did not lose hope.
While countless prisoners, in the pit of darkness, were paralyzed by fear, Bruce took a leap of faith and climbed to the light day. Bruce knew he had only one chance to succeed, to save the city from despair, to be a witness to hope. Bruce understood the meaning of hope.
“…there can be no true despair without hope." - Bane
What did Bruce see that others could not? Bruce saw a light in the beautify hearts of the people! What’s that you say? It’s only a movie? Tell that anyone who has overcome illness, injury, addiction, abuse, porn, abortion, being bullied, the loss of a loved one, or any hopeless situation; like Bruce they found hope! Hope enables us to live in the present moment. Hope enables us to look beyond our personal pit of darkness, and seek even the smallest flicker of light. When we find the light in the darkness, we become the light for others.
“The late Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan, a prisoner for thirteen years, nine of them spent in solitary confinement, has left us a precious little book”: Prayers of Hope. During thirteen years in jail, in a situation of seemingly utter hopelessness, the fact that he could listen and speak to God became for him an increase power of hope, which enabled him, after his release, to become for people all over the world a witness to hope – to that great hope which does not wane even in the nights of solitude” – Benedict XVI
Is hopelessness your reality? Is your heart filled with despair, sadness, hatred, loneliness, or fear? Are you like Bruce’s blind prison doctor, unable to see the way out of despair? Do you accept darkness as the only option? What if you had the ‘freedom’ to escape your prison? Would you take it?
What if you were holding the only candle in the pit of darkness, would you light it? If you found the way out, would you throw the rope in to the pit to save others?
In your journal, reflect on the following:
What is your pit of darkness? Does it hold you captive?
Do you want to find a way out? What stops you?
What do you fear?
Are you afraid you will fall/fail? Bruce fell twice before he succeeded.
Are you afraid you will succeed? What about success do you fear?
Are you afraid to trust?
Every Boab tree of Australia has it’s own unique identity. To the Australian Aborigines, the Boab trees were landmarks, guide posts, food, shelter and medicine. Only during the rainy season do these thousand year old seemingly lifeless trees, turn green, flower, and bear fruit. The Boab Tree is often referred to as the Tree of Life!
Like the Boab Tree, every person on earth has unique identity, God given purpose in life, and a story to tell. We are meant to flower and bear fruit! We are meant to Love.
“If you’ve got no love in your heart, you’ve got nothing
no dreaming, no story, nothing” - from movie 'Australia'
In the movie ‘Australia’ – pride, greed, and power came to the island and forever changed the face and identity of the people. This new unwanted face was a misfit in society, no longer a part of the story. While much of the nation turned a blind eye to the evil in their midst and remained silent, a few listened to their hearts, fought for truth, love, their identity, and the identity of their land.
Do you turn a blind eye? Do you hear the cries for help and love?
When we lose our identity we lose our story! But there is hope. You can find your identity if you listen to your heart and the voice of truth and love. When you listen – you will find that you are loved!
What do you do to make a difference in the world? In what ways do you make the world a better place?
What character(s) would you consider an outcast (or misfit) in the movie Australia? Explain why.
How would you describe the identity of Drover, Lady Sarah, Fletcher, or Nullah? Choose one character to describe.
Which identity are you the most like, and why?
Which identity do you want to be more like? What changes do you need to make to become more like that person?
How did the above 4 characters make a difference in their world?
List of all the ways you bring hope and encouragement to your families, friends, neighbors and land.
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