After Forrest explained how he could run like the wind blows, he then proclaimed, “From that day on, if I was going somewhere … I was running!”
Forrest literally meant he liked to run and when he needed to go from point A to point B – he would run.
But figuratively, Forrest’s running meant something much deeper.
Forrest’s running was a metaphor for the way he thought, the way he got things done, and for the way he interacted with others.
When Forrest was learning to walk with braces, he did it with concentration.
When Forrest was befriending Jenny, he did it with playfulness.
When Forrest played football, he did it with daring.
When Forrest graduated from college, he did it with spirit.
When Forrest served in the Army, he did it with valor.
When Forrest played ping-pong, he did it with reckless abandon.
When Forrest bought a shrimp boat, he did it with fearlessness.
When Forrest was struggling to learn the shrimpin’ business, he did it undaunted.
When Forrest succeeded wildly as a shrimperman, he did it with modestly.
When Forrest returned home to his dying mother, he did it with seriousness.
When Forrest mowed the lawn, he did it with heart.
When Forrest welcomed Jenny home, he did it with forgiveness.
When Forrest met Little Forrest, he did it with joy.
When Forrest married Jenny, he did it with love.
When Forrest buried Jenny, he did it with strength.
When Forrest put Little Forrest on the bus, he did it with satisfaction.
It occurs to me that Forrest kept his promise and lived his life from that day on … by always running.
Do you know that somewhere that you’re supposed be going?
Are you running to get there?
What are you waiting for?
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Steve Weber is a Forrest Gump tribute artist, speaker, event maker, blogger, and aspiring author. He uses the simple, yet powerful, truths of Forrest Gump to turn meetings into events. You can learn more at SpeakingGump.com.