MKMMA– Thoughts and insights to the movie–Cool Runnings

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Cool Runnings

Chasing an Olympic dream, four leave the Comfort of Jamaica and travel to compete in the Tundra of Calgary.  The Jamaican Bobsled Team.

MKMMA Assignment:  Can I see the four tiny habits?

1.  DMP backed by burning desire

2.  Definite Plan expressed in continuous action

3.  A mind closed against the negative influences that discourage the dream.

4.  Masterminding with the” encouragers” who direct toward the plan and purpose.

When I write MK in the body of this blog it stands for something I noticed that went along with the Master Keys.


The name(MK) Cool Runnings was self defined within the movie…… as if Mark J. had made input…..”Peace be the journey!”  I smiled to myself when I heard them say it.

Early on, Irv, a Olympian “has been”, is discovered by the son of the man he wanted to develop into a bobsled athlete 20 years earlier.  Only after (MK) persistence pays off does Irv listen to the request of Derice.  Having long past run from his dream, Irv did not want anything to do with Bobsledding again.  Drawing Irv back to a dream unfulfilled, Derice challenges him saying, (MK) “I am your chance…….Take it.”

A commitment takes place and one friend and three unlikely athletes, who are used to competing against each other, (MK)  join to make a new beginning for themselves.

(MK)–The leader must be focused 100% of the time and is gifted with responsibility.  Sometime dreams are realized in leadership and at other times it occurs through following.  Derice was to focuse and his coach, Irv, knew that.

As I watch I realized in the scene where they were trying to recruit members for the bobsled team that only a few remained.  It is common that others will not be interested in my dream and that is ok.  I press on.

Money fails to be raise through sponsors but Derice continues to plan.  Irv says to Derice, “Does the words give up – Do the words “give up” mean anything to you?
– Not a thing.  (Burning desire….Continuous action.)

When the old sled is brought out for the team, three are looking at it in dismay.  Derice (MK) receives the sled with gladness and sees the dream fulfilled in it.  The leader will see by faith what others will miss.

When confronted with resistance from the other bobsled teams, the comment is made, “Others are always afraid of what’s different.”  When we know what to expect from people, it is easier to navigate the negativity.  (my words)

(MK)  Irv reminds Derice “Mind Clear” when he makes the run down the track.

Yul Brenner, one of the team, has a dream.  To get off the Island of Jamaica and have a castle. One of his team, Sanka, mocks him and points out how silly the “queens castle” is for a dream. (MK) Sometimes, our discouragement will come from those close to us…….  A team mate, who Yul has despised to this point, comes to his aid with encouragement.  Standing up to Sanka, (MK) Junior states, “He doesn’t have to be.  All he has to do is know what he wants and work hard for it.  And if he wants it bad enough, he’ll get it.”  Hard work and desire.  “Look, believe me, Sanka…  the more Yul Brenners we got
making it in this world… the better off this world will be, especially for Jamaicans.  Go ahead, Yul Brenner.  Go get your palace.”

(MK)  The mirror scene,  “Now, look in the mirror and tell me what you see.
– I see Junior.
– You see Junior.
Well, you want to know what I see? I see pride. I see power!  I see a *&&^$&$& mother who don’t take no crap off nobody!
– You really see all that?
– Yeah, man.”

Encouragement one day (Cause) brings about (Effect) another day……His father comes to tell Junior to come home…Here is the response,  “Father, when you look at me, what do you see?  I don’t have time for games, Junior.
Tell me what ya see!
All right, I’ll tell you what I see.  I see a lost little boy… who’s lucky to have a father who knows what’s best for him.
No, no, no, no. You don’t know what’s best for me, Father.  I am not a lost little boy, Father.  I am a man.  And I’m an Olympian.  (MK…Notice the ‘I am’?)  I’m stayin’ right here.

Sometimes we will have to pursue our dreams against the wishes of the ones who love us the most.

Alliance moment  Great challenge come from within as Sanka speaks to Derice about being themselves versus trying to be like the Swiss Team.  “Well, the right foot for us is not the Swiss foot.  I mean, come on, Derice.  We can’t be copyin’ nobody else’s style.  We have our own style.

Kissin’ an egg is no kind of style.  It’s the Olympics here.  It’s no stupid pushcart derby.
Let me tell ya somethin’, Rasta. I didn’t come up here to forget who I am and where I come from.  And neither did I. I’m just
tryin’ to be the best I can be.
So am I.

And the best I can be is Jamaican.  Look. Derice, I’ve known you since Julie Jeffries asked to see your ding-a-ling.  And I’m telling you as a friend…if we look Jamaican, walk Jamaican and is Jamaican…

Being anyone who is not me, does me a disadvantage.

(MK)  Irv failed when he made winning his all in all.  He reminded Derice, “If you are not enough without it, then you wont be enough with it.”  Love yourself and love the journey.   You will know if it is enough when you cross the finish line.  Finish and learn about you.

Last thing I noted in this amazing movie,  The ones you love will be there for you when you win.

Another segment in my Hero’s journey is being completed.

I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy.

Daniel Fenton

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