7 thoughts on King Richard movie (no spoilers) 🎾
November 24, 2021
1. Vision: Richard Williams saw a design for a future and decided to curate his family according to that picture. The hardest part about vision is following the path laid out clearly for you. Following the plan is a lot harder than knowing the end result. The lesson is that vision is nothing without a plan. After all, prophecy is nothing if you don’t follow the gospel.
2. Grace: The saying goes behind every great man, is a greater woman. This movie adds to that credence. Sure Richard had a ‘vision’, but as in most things, a man’s vision is nothing without a woman’s grace. That’s the lesson right there.
3. Opposition: A runner will tell you a hard road means a faster time. Now truthfully, pain and injury is greater. But the takeaway is that you will get to your destination quicker. If you want to go somewhere in life, especially at the pace you want. You’re going to have to take a tough road. He didn’t want his daughters to understand anything less. That’s the lesson.
4. Perfection: This world is not perfect, but even in an environment that clearly is wrought with imperfections, still perfect outcomes do occur. That’s what I took away from Richard Williams. He is by far not a perfect man. His biography will clearly spell that out, but even in that imperfection, he borne out two perfect outcomes. The lesson is not let your imperfections determine if you can create perfect creations. After all, flowers are borne from dirt.
5. Patience: Since this is Thanksgiving week, I will offer this, the worse dish is the person who skipped steps in making it. Sometimes you got to exhibit the patience in the method to get the desired result. Richard understood that, and he made sure everyone around him understood that.
6. Regal: If I’ve learned anything in this life. You have to visualize yourself in a light greater than how others will identify you. Because the world often takes its opportunity to drive you down to a level in which THEY think you deserve. Regality is operating in your presence in magnificence. It does not mean ego or arrogance, but it can be imposing. That imposition can force others to adjust. Richard Williams imposed his vision on others and forced them to adjust their perspective. That’s why the film was called King Richard….not because he was royalty, but because he displayed a regality of his vision. Just like the world adjusted to him, they will adjust to you.
7. Representation: It was essential for me to have the girls watch this movie with me. Even if they don’t totally understand everything that’s happening. They have to observe beauty in representation on that screen, and a strong story attached to it. My oldest’s biggest takeaway was, “That you have to work hard to get what you want out of life…” I would say a lesson was learned and that was 2.5 hours well spent.
8. Awards: Yes, Will Smith deserves an Oscar for this movie. But the interesting lesson from this film is that it’s not up to society to determine your value, in fact it’s the other way around. You are the final arbiter of the appraisal. So yes, Bill Willie deserves a golden statute, but his value and contribution to this film and our generation is no less, even if the academy should snub him-again.
9. Belief: Faith is a peculiar thing. It’s not something you can always identify as tangible or even transferable. Getting someone to believe in an idea, a thought, a thing, heck even a person, can sometimes be harder than coming up with a doctrine. So when you find someone, or a group of people, to believe in this very special thing that can’t be readily accessible. Well, not only is it beautiful, but it can almost feel like divine intervention. That’s why should you ever be so lucky to have someone believe in something as clearly and as strongly as you do, so much so that they are willing to walk in your faith. Then you have the responsibility to honor that belief and nurture that unwavering trust. The lesson is, just because someone can understand your belief, doesn’t mean they always have faith in it. Your operation of belief comes in your actions and trust. After all-Faith without works, is dead.
SN: I love how much my kids were tuned into this movie…especially my oldest, who really loved the film. She thanked me for showing her the movie before going to bed.
It was important for them to recognize a bond between sisters that was rooted in love and not competitiveness. Great family movies always provide the best lessons.