This week’s nugget is inspired by the spectacular 3D adventure drama film HUGO that won 5 Oscars at the 84th Academy Awards. In addition to being an enchanting allure captivating both children and adults alike, it is also a great tribute to the magic of early cinema. The story is set in 1930’s Paris and revolves around a boy named Hugo who lives in the walls of a train station fixing clocks and gadgets. He is on a quest to fix an automaton in the hope of receiving a message from it; since it was the last thing his father left him before dying. Quite incidentally he meets the lovely Isabelle who becomes his friend and joins him in this breathtaking adventure of solving the intriguing mystery behind the strange drawing the automaton makes for him.
My favorite part was when Hugo takes Isabelle to the back of the giant train station clock and there as they watch the beauty of Paris at night, he makes the following amazing statement: Hugo Cabret: “Right after my father died, I would come up here a lot. I’d imagine the whole world was one big machine. Machines never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need. So I figured if the entire world was one big machine, I couldn’t be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason too.”
That set me thinking. How very true! Aren’t we all like the different parts of this amazing machinery called life? “I am here for a reason and so are you!” Here are 3 life lessons I could draw out from this:
1) We are all made on purpose for a purpose: On our own, we may seem small and maybe even insignificant. We may look at the whole machinery and wonder “Will it really matter if I don’t do my part? What difference does it make as long as all the other parts are there?” But the truth is that just like every cog in the machine (even a tiny screw) needs to be in its proper place doing its particular function for the machinery to work, all of us (no matter how trivial/unimportant we may consider our roles in life to be) are specifically designed & equipped for a unique purpose and placed exactly where we need to be.
2) Each of us has a specific role to play: If we try to do another’s role , the machine won’t work. If we refuse to do our role, all the other parts also suffer. Hence we need to recognize our purpose and realize its significance for without us the total purpose can never be fully achieved.
3)Others have their specific roles to play: We need to realize that just as we have our roles to play, others also have their specific roles to play. In order to get the machinery working smoothly, first of all we need to ensure that we are in place in working condition and then we need to cooperate with others as they fulfill their designated purposes.
Nugget of Life : “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” – Edward Everett Hale
Have a delightful week!