Following your dreams

Words to Live By…The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

“The only real failure is the failure to try. And the only real success is to cope with disappointment as we must…The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing…Perhaps what we fear is that it will be the same, so we must celebrate the changes.”

I saw the movie ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ and fell in love with the writing, Ol Parker (screenplay), Deborah Moggach (novel). The life lessons were often poignant and true to my own life. The film is about a young man with a dream. He works hard to get a hotel up and running carrying out the broken legacy of his father. Though he has nothing, he has the will and drive to see it through.

“Most things don’t work out as expected, but what happens instead often turns out to be the good stuff.”

There is something to be said about taking risks, going after your dreams, if you just continue, people show up along the way helping you to see it through. If you believe, they will too.

The guests of course had to adapt to their new surroundings as well. “This is a new and different world.  The challenge is to cope with it.  Not just cope but thrive…Initially you’re overwhelmed. But gradually you realize it’s like a wave. Resist, and you’ll be knocked over. Dive into it, and you’ll swim out the other side.”

An important life lesson: To get out of the mindset of surviving and shift into the idea of thriving, riding the wave and seeing where it takes you. I am about to shift in my own life, and it’s important to celebrate the changes, rather than fear them. You can only go some place better, whereas if you don’t move forward, you will be forever stuck in the past, trapped with nothing to gain.

So remember, “Everything will be alright in the end, so, if it’s not alright, trust me, it’s not the end.”


♥ Estella Grace


2 thoughts on “Words to Live By…The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”

  1. Dear Estella,

    You felt in love with the writing. Maybe you should include the mane of the author just to make her justice and who knows, maybe you and your readers will want to read other books from her.

    Es Kiusmi

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