Tuesday, February 22, 2011

9 Life Lessons According to Scarlett O'Hara

Went to the library this weekend and picked up the book “Scarlett Rules” by Lisa Bertagnoli, life lessons inspired by Scarlett O’Hara.

I was raised on Gone With the Wind, my mother was and is completely obsessed. For most of my life I believed the 1939 movie was a cheesy, boring antique. Part of the reason may be because my mother makes it a point to quote Gone With the Wind regularly but in this overly-dramatic fashion. Today I find it adorable but as a child it was a big eye-roll. Last Spring I watched the movie with a nonjudgmental attitude and I must confess, I thought it was brilliant. I now realize what good taste my mother has in movies.

So you can imagine my delight when I came across this book! It was filled with a bunch of mumbo-jumbo like “surviving the spotlight” and “cuss if you need to” and “getting rid of your love addiction” but I found a few nuggets. So here are nine life lessons we learned from Scarlett O'Hara:

1. Charm trumps beauty. Most good, down-to-earth people would rather spend time with someone with charm than beauty. Charming people know how to deliver a compliment, make people feel good about themselves, have a genuine smile, let’s a story be told, let’s people help them, is well-mannered and most of all… listens. I love the quote the author used: “Beauty is all very well at first sight, but who ever looks at it when it has been in the house for three days?” ~George Bernard Shaw

2. Always invest in a good haircut. A nicely styled hairdo goes a long way, even with a mediocre wardrobe. I believe this to be true. You could be the nicest dressed person around, but a bad haircut can ruin it all. Case in point, Donald Trump.

3. Unleash your creativity, know what inspires you and don’t be afraid to experiment. Having your own thing can be a valuable outlet.

4. Celebrate birthdays because having a birthday is so much better than the alternative. Amen!

5. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were? I thought this was good food for thought. The idea behind this was to grow up and control your inner brat. My inner brat is usually an outtie so this was good to read.

6. Girlfriends matter. Unfortunately Scarlett didn’t know this till it was too late. All women need atleast one trusted friend, someone who’s shoulder they can cry on. And let’s face it, good friends and wine make life so much sweeter.

7. Blood really is thicker than water and nothing should matter more.

8. Some things like dishes, arguments and TV really can be put off till tomorrow.

9. And lastly, live your life in the moment.


Anonymous said...

Gone with the Wind is the best movie of all times, to me. Love you lots - Mom

Alison said...

It is to me too. Love you Mom!

Wootman said...

Wisdom can be found in so many places: mediums, genres, ages,musings...

Can I just say that I am SO GLAD that Pauley Shore has not ever been in a movie that may be considered as one that shaped a generation or that has been perenially viewed as an all-time classic...*whew*

I have to agree most fervently with the intitial notion in the "Charm/character vs beauty". Almost anyone can turn your head w/their beauty, but beauty in and of itself is no gaurantee that it will also turn one's heart. The obverse CAN happen though, can't it?

You get to know a person on merit, character, deed, grace, compassion, etc, and don't you just see the beauty within come to the fore? (Think Shallow Hal) Likewise, you see the most attactive shell of a person commit an unkind act, do harm to a person or thing that matters to you , and how quickly a transformation to unattractiveness happens.

Alison said...

Wootman, why aren't you writting some place or for someone? I completely agree with you especially about Pauly Shore. ;)