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The Cracking of An Egg: 'Pursuit of Happyness'

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Aug 12, 2015

There's more than one way to crack an egg.

"If the egg is cracked from the outside, it's destroyed. If the egg is cracked from the inside, it gives birth to life."

- Author Unknown

So, who's the egg? Check out the metaphor of the egg cracking, one leads to destruction, while the other basically creates and builds. I'm going elaborate on this quote in two, maybe three parts. The first example I am going to utilize is a scene from the movie "The Pursuit of Happyness," and the movie as a whole.

I'm sure most of us have seen the movie The Pursuit of Happyness starring Will Smith, which was based on actual events, detailing the journey and uprising of Chris Gardner, in becoming one of Wall Street's most successful broker. The path for Gardner played by Will Smith, was not an easy one but he stayed on it and kept going.

Chris Gardner is the egg from the above quote.

In the movie, Will Smith's character Chris Gardner decides he wants to become a broker and work on Wall Street. He had no experiences nor any form of educational background but he was good with numbers and knew how to strategize, which was a tool and advantage for him. It was not a big dream but it was indeed something he had the vision for. He decided he was going to go for it, against all odds. As the movie plays, Gardner encounters challenges which caused some changes in his life, from his living arrangements like moving out a house to a hotel, selling his car and making the necessary sacrifices to manifest this vision he has of himself becoming a broker.

The challenges are actually pressures like Chris Gardner's wife who is played by Thandie Newton, does not believe in him, she doesn't see him becoming a broker working on Wall Street. She ends up leaving him and their son, Smith goes on as a single father trying to provide the best possible life for his child. All these pressures are being added to the character Chris Gardner, who is the egg being portrayed in this movie.

Instead of things getting better, more pressure is being applied when Smith's character Gardner gets kicked out of the hotel he was staying at with his son and they end up spending nights at different shelters and even at a bathroom stall in a train station.

All these pressures could of easily caused Chris Gardner to either break down or leave a dent in his goals and vision of becoming a broker. That would of meant the egg cracked from the outside, even if he broke down, it could of destroyed his vision, goals and everything he was working towards in becoming a broker. Although, there was a lot of pressure, Smith's character is the only one who could cause the egg to crack, either from the outside or within. It's all about how he applies the pressure and how he allows the pressure to apply towards him, in order to mold him.

The question is, when did the egg (Chris Gardner) cracked?

One of the pivotal scenes in the movie, is when Chris gets hired on Wall Street and at that moment is when the egg cracked.

Some people look at this scene and think it was about Chris Gardner finally getting the job, some interpret as the pursuit of happiness in the movie was about money but both of those analysis are wrong. Chris could easily got a job somewhere else or brought some more of those bone scanners to sell. He could of easily gave up this vision of getting into Wall Street because of the pressure and the sacrifices he had to make. But instead he allowed the pressure to mold and polish him, in order to shine.

In the scene above, when the egg cracked, it gave birth to Chris Gardner's purpose of launching his own firm as a broker and also, in becoming a new man. It gave birth to the life of a newfound dream from the vision Chris had of becoming a broker. All the pressures Chris Gardner (pictured below) endured caused him as the egg to crack from within and it gave birth to his dreams, purpose and destiny.

Based on the timeline of the movie, I'm sure there were other things the movie, The Pursuit of Happyness didn't portray like Chris Gardner being an African-American man and dealing with racism, those things were also factors in the pressures of life Chris endured, overcame and conquered.

This man did not give up (neither should you), no matter how tough it got, he applied the pressure to break forth his dreams (cracked the egg) and became all that God created him to be.