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Inspired by ‘The King’s Speech’

Anne Simpkinson shares her thoughts on this inspiring film and what it tells us about realizing our own potential.

Colin Firth (left) and Geoffrey Rush in a scene from The King's Speech

Talk about inspirational! Last weekend I caught the film, The King’s Speech, which will most certainly garner a host of awards. (Colin Firth, who plays the reluctant King George VI who inherits the throne after his brother, Edward VIII, abdicates, has already carried home a Golden Globe Award.)

The movie’s title is a play on words. The king’s speech is both the stammer that plagues the Duke of York as well as the eloquent war-time message that he delivers once he is crowned. While I could wax eloquent about the acting, cinematography, costume design and script, the personal growth element of the story is how someone, who feels so undeserving and indeed handicapped with a debilitating stutter, manages nonetheless to find his voice and rise to the challenge of leading a country, overcoming his disability and fears in the process.

I know that in areas where I feel unworthy, I may shy away from taking on challenges just as the Duke dreaded the inevitable mantle of leadership falling to him along with the task of inspiring a nation battered by war. But through determination, hard work, courage and dignity, he achieved his goal. Of course, he didn’t accomplish the turnaround alone. He was supported by a loving wife (played by Helen Bonham Carter) and an eccentric speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush), with whom he forges a life-long bond of friendship.

Just like the Duke of York who became King George VI, we too can go beyond our limited self-image and realize our potential. We too can be crowned with success by facing our fears and working hard towards our goals—with a little help from our friends, of course.

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