Shawshank Redemption -Tim Robbins

Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne, Shawshank Redemption

I believe the course of our lives are impacted by:  CIRCUMSTANCES, CHOICES, and CONSEQUENCES. Of course, we do not always have control of our circumstances. For instance, some people are born into privilege and have every opportunity available to them. Others are born into poverty, and their lives look bleak. We can take the CIRCUMSTANCE of our lives and make it work for us or against us. We can CHOOSE to make the best, or worse, of what life hands us. And you can bet our choices have CONSEQUENCES.

A good example of the power of the 3 Cs can be found in the movie, SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, based on a novella by Stephen King. The main character, a banker named Andy Dufresne, is wrongfully convicted of the murders of his wife and her lover. He receives two consecutive life sentences. Beaten and bullied by inmates, Andy’s circumstances look grim. He could wallow in self-pity, but even when he is confined to solitary confinement, he chooses to cling to hope. I love this famous quote from the movie: Andy says, “I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying.” Andy has a plan to change his situation. He pretends to be the ideal inmate while overseeing the prison library and helping others with financial matters, including money laundering for the warden. The consequences of Andy’s hopeful but risky plan results in his escape, his exposure of the corruption in the prison, and his acquisition of  the warden illegal funds. He lives out the remaining years of his life in an idyllic coastal town in Mexico.

Do you agree with my 3 C formula? Comments are welcomed.

About Susan MIlls Wilson

Susan Mills Wilson is a native of North Carolina where she writes romantic suspense. She is the leader of the Charlotte Writers Club Mystery Critique Group and a member of Charlotte Writers Club. Subscribe to Susan’s blog at
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