The Ultimate Gift; my favorite movie of all time

If my memory serves me well, I have watched this movie just twice, but still rank it as my favorite because unlike many movies which are for a specified group, this one has great lessons for everyone of us.

This movie is about a ‘spoilt’ young man, Jason, who had a very sour relationship with his very rich grandfather, so he did not expect to receive any inheritance from him when he dies. He was however shocked to discover that there was something left for him, and angry at the same time because it was all conditional. I think I would mad too!!!

In the movie, Jason is taught 12 great lessons, not willingly of course, but he had to in a year so that he earns his inheritance.  These lessons are entitled ‘Gift of…’ and by the end of it all he is a fulfilled, wholesome young man, who knows the value of money, work, people, etc.

I will share the 12 gifts (together with a quote or two about each) that made up the Ultimate Gift and strongly advise parents with teenagers to watch or re-watch this movie to get ideas on how to bring up wholesome adults.

  1. The Gift of Work: “One of the things my wealth has robbed from you and the entire family is the privilege and satisfaction that comes from doing an honest day’s work.”
  2. The Gift of Money: “There is absolutely nothing that can replace money in the things that money does, but regarding the rest of the things in the world, money is absolutely useless. For example, all the money in the world won’t buy you one more day of life.”
  3. The Gift of Friends: “It is a wealthy person, indeed, who calculates riches not in gold but in friends… Friendis a word that is thrown around far too easily by people who don’t know the meaning of it.”
  4. The Gift of Learning: “Education is a lifelong journey whose destination expands as you travel…”
  5. The Gift of Problems: “When we can learn from our own problems, we begin to deal with life. When we can learn from other people’s problems, we begin to master life.”
  6. The Gift of Family: “Some people are born into wonderful families. Others have to find or create them. Being a member of a family is a priceless privilege which costs nothing but love.”
  7. The Gift of Laughter: “Many people live unhappy lives because they take things too seriously…life without laughter is not worth living.”
  8. The Gift of Dreams: “A person who can live his entire life with a burning passion for his dream to the extent that he shares it on his deathbed—that is a fortunate person…Your dreams for your life must be yours. They cannot belong to someone else, and they must continue to grow and expand.”
  9. The Gift of Giving: “The only way you can truly get more out of life for yourself is to give part of yourself away.”
  10. The Gift of Gratitude: “I have always found it ironic that the people in this world who have the most to be thankful for are often the least thankful, and somehow the people who have virtually nothing, many times live lives full of gratitude.”
  11. The Gift of a Day: “If we are living our lives the way we should, everything should be in such an order that we wouldn’t change the last day of our life from any other day.”
  12. The Gift of Love: “…I learned that loving money leads to a hollow, empty existence. But when you learn how to love people and use money, everything is in its proper perspective…When we truly love others, our love makes each of us a different person, and it makes each one we love a different person too.”

“I had no idea that the greatest gift anyone could be given is the awareness of all of the gifts he or she already has.”— Jason

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