Oogway: Quit, don’t quit… Noodles, don’t noodles… You are too concerned about what was and what will be. There is a saying: yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.
This quote actually has special meaning for me. When I was on my mission for the LDS church in Russia, I remember meeting with a family still suffering because one son had committed suicide. They could not move beyond the pain. As we met with them this little saying flitted through my mind. I thought, “How will I react when moments like this happen in my own life?”
One of man’s greatest gifts is their ability to choose their attitude in any situation. We choose how we react. Beauty can be found in any circumstance, if we actively search for it. The same goes for happiness and success I feel.
Linus Larrabee: Listen, I work in the real world with real responsibilities.
Sabrina: I know you work in the real world and you’re very good at it. But that’s work. Where do you live, Linus?
I watched this movie again the other day and reflected on how so often love comes unexpectedly. In fact, much of the time it comes when we least expect it. For those who have not seen it, I would recommend it if you love subtle romantic films.
This quote has always reminded me how there are so many in the world who are not living in it. I feel there is so much we can be, do and dream. Yet, I wonder if too often we get caught in the “real world” and forget to experience life.
For the characters, I believe Sabrina told Linus this out of experience: because she had lived for so long chasing an illusionary love and not living for herself. Linus himself had always worked and that became his life. But I think it is tragic if we don’t allow ourselves to live outside the bonds of work for a time.