The Impossible

Posted: September 17, 2014 in Films, Ma-Papel (Paperworks), thought to ponder

Dead bodies floating everywhere. Debris filled every nook and cranny of the place. Mud seems to envelope the place. Destruction is evident in the venue when the water subsided. I just could imagine the stench. Childhood memories of the flood in Ormoc flashback in my mind. I just could remember the death, the chaos that a flood could bring. This was no flood. This is a tsunami of epic proportions. This is the background of the film, The Impossible.

The Bennet family was just in Thailand for a vacation. That vacation turned into a nightmare when a tsunami struck and they lost contact with one another. I realized that one lesson I could glean from that movie is that family is important, and we could as well spend time with them before they are snatched out of our hands. We have to value them because we don’t know when calamity is going to strike. Who would have thought a simple vacation would turn into a disaster of losing one another.

Second lesson I learned is that in times of crisis, decisive leadership and making important decisions as to moving or staying, looking for help or just waiting is crucial and must be developed even with the kids. I remember my dad teaching us the hierarchy of parents: dad and mom, followed by the eldest, then to the youngest. He taught us that in times of crisis, we are to stand up and face the challenge but at the same time, allow the eldest to take command on what to do, and unless the chain of command is not there, the responsibility would always be with the eldest. That proved valuable to us when the Ormoc flood came. It was also evident in the film that Lucas (the eldest son in the film), took responsibility when his mother was incapacitated.

Lastly, dying to self is necessary for survival. Watching the film, there were a lot of examples of selflessness such as lending a cellphone, helping out with the sick and dying, and a lot more. Dying to self meant not thinking of what is good for himself but to think of others. In times of calamities, there is always the urge to go for self-preservation instead of thinking of others. As Christians (and future leaders & pastors), we are to die to self specially in the trying times.

The film is commendable in a sense that I would urge people to watch it. This is one worth sharing with the family. Hopefully, we can be prepared when calamities strike.

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