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The Voices Of Your Past
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My Daughter's Eyes
The Voices Of Your Past
The introduction from the book by Frank Francis.
I suppose everyone in America has seen
Tom Hanks’ portrayal of “Forrest Gump.” One
scene remains embedded in my mind forever. Forrest and Jenny,
his true love, walk past Jenny’s childhood home. In an
explosion of wrath and anger that exceeds her tiny frame, Jenny
begins throwing rocks at the now abandoned house. This was
the house where as a child her father abused her repeatedly.
It was a monument of her pain and dysfunctional failures as
an adult in an unforgiving world. You could almost hear the
voices of the past as they so obviously overwhelmed Jenny.
In exhaustion and desperation, she falls to the ground groping
for more stones to throw. As Forrest observes her sorrowing
dilemma, he utters these unforgettable words in that simple,
droning voice, “Some days, there just aren’t enough
all have them, voices of the past. Some good. Some bad.
But they are there. They are the voices of our parents,
teachers, friends, mentors, religious leaders, enemies, and
our own imaginations. Just as Jenny’s childhood home
seemed empty to others, but cried out to her with voices from
her past, so our voices cry out to us.
again, at the graveside of Jenny, Forrest shares his simple
wisdom, “Jenny, I
had that old house of yours bull dozered down.” To him,
the answer was simple. Just remove it. But for Jenny, it was
too late. The voices had driven her to an early grave.
it that simple? No, but it’s on the right track. A symbolic
removal of icons may assist you in your effort to silence and
redirect the voices of your past, but that alone is not the
answer. Life just isn’t that simple. You can throw stones
until your arms fall limp, but icons are only symbols of the
voices. Had the voices been different, Jenny’s house
would have evoked emotions of warmth and security rather than
despair and Forrest would have transformed it into a shrine
instead of destroying it.
often the actions of Forrest Gump are re-enacted. Maybe
you don’t tear down houses,
but instead, you focus on your physical environment thinking
the voices will suddenly go away. Thoughts flood your mind
giving birth to cuddly ideas that soon grow to monsters out
of control; monsters that do the bidding of the very voices
you seek to escape. And therein lies the problem, a conundrum
of miscalculations of good intent along with misappropriations
of human will and mental determination. All foiled by the voices
of your past. They are in control, whether you like it or not,
drowning out even the strongest cries for liberation. They
direct every decision you make and, without mercy, herd you
like sheep to the slaughter.
“Forrest Gump” is
a fictitious movie. All the characters and events are the creative
imagination of the author. The letters on a Hollywood script
dictate Jenny’s fate. The voices of her past will always
be out of her control. No matter how many times you watch the
movie, she will always go to an early grave. But your story
remains incomplete. Your fate is yet to be determined. You
can obtain the power to silence the voices of your past. You
can gain control of the keyboard and write the rest of your
story as you please! The voices may tell you that you can’t,
but I’m telling you that you can. All you need are the
tools and proper training.
this book I will be your guide, and believe me, it is a
path that I am ever so familiar with. You will be surprised
how empowering and fulfilling your life will become when
you finally silence the voices of your past. You may not
skip through a field of lilies, but there will be no more
voices denying the privilege.
© 2004 Frank
Francis and New Franklin Press