I liked some of the quotes in the movie. For example: "Harold, himself is perpetuating the story. Some move forward by external events and crisis."...Amazingly true is it not? Some people need the external events or conditions and even crisis. But can we begin to look deeper into the bigger picture and, like Harold, change our destiny, our genes, and our programs etc?
Another quote: "If I go through the door, the plot continues, the story is me going through the door. If I stay the story ends." Wow, I loved this. Could it be that in Harold’s awakening there is a discovery of self? Perhaps his interaction is discovering that he is ultimately responsible for the outcome of his choices. I mean, think about it, watching the first part of the movie Harold is “the conventional Harold” with a self-rigid pattern of sameness. In the same way, he would have taken the medical prescription and the first advice of the counselor. He would have not considered thinking for himself because he was not accustomed to utilizing his own emotional intelligence; those parts of his self that desires creativity and the thinking processes of observation. You might consider doing a little googling on the words “Emotional Intelligence” in order to understand greater what I am saying. We can talk about that later, should you like.
Nevertheless, in Harold’s new experience and recognition of “self”, he is no longer attached to the conventional ways of thinking. Then, you might consider if he is questioning his very own existence? Yes! Consequently, he gets some “other than” advice from the counselor as he dialogues his own existence back to her. Is it possible that he is writing the story while at the same time allowing his story to feed back to him the correct answers? Might we call this “Harold stepping out of the box”, so to speak?
Following the counselors advice Harold seeks out a person of literature; one who knows the understanding of expression and the idea of connecting those thoughts. After careful analogy and observation of Harold’s story, the sequence and management of what is taking place, the professor announces to Harold that he needs to journal and write down what he hears. Hence, with this Harold can begin to measure his own expressions in order to better understand what is being said from the voice he is hearing. Together they begin a journey of connecting the dots of Harold’s new found dilemma. Again, Harold is drawing the connections and answers as he becomes more responsible to look at his life in a different way. Likewise, he seemingly is living and creating the outcome. I wonder if we don’t do that with our choices. If so it would certainly take deleting the word “victim” from our language, would it not? After all, if we are no longer victims what good would that word do? Of course, we would then have to create some new words because the flavor of the old understandings would be gone.
Until Harold began experiencing his own book, (the book of Harold), both written and lived, his life was basically operated in a controlled atmosphere. Essentially his patterns were the same every day and that is how he was known not only to himself but to everyone. It appears that Harold was merely walking as though he was alive and yet he was dead (asleep.) In other words, new possibilities were not a part of his thinking until a shift of time, which included a wrist-watch, began. As a consequence his life story began to live in such a fashion that would alter his previous beliefs. The story of his life, the parallel worlds, was beginning to bleed through his own existence. The narrator is one of them.
I wonder how many people feel that they are living a story that is not necessarily their own or as if they are the movie? You know that movie with Jim Carry, “The Truman Show” – On the air – Unaware… Only Jim Carry essentially was the movie that everyone is watching. Likewise, those who appeared in his life were actors and there because of him.
Interestingly enough, Harold never really knew in advance what doors to open when he finally realized something was different. At first he was stuck because he could no longer reflect back to his old ways of thinking to get answers. Nothing worked. In fact, it took determination, courage, observation, and managing the processes that were before him in order for each step to unfold any kind of sense. This is where the professor steps in and creates a way for observation so that Harold would know for himself what to do. In addition, Harold comes face to face with his longest desires and manages those things he wanted. As a result he begins to “feel” those things that he actually wanted all his life. He found something, a guitar, which said something about him. For instance, Harold chose a guitar and eventually finds his own musical self; the tone, the sound, the feeling of the things he used to love.
Another little sentence I liked in the movie is: "The only way to find out the stories you're in is to find out what stories you are not in."
I really liked the above quote. Interesting! I have some perspectives about this and will post it as "Part 2." Scroll down for part two... below...