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Life lessons learnt from Akeelah and the Bee

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A few weeks ago, our family sat down to watch the oldie goldie – Akeelah and the Bee .

Eleven-year-old Akeelah Anderson is determined to spell her way out of South Los Angeles and make it to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
Eleven-year-old Akeelah Anderson is determined to spell her way out of South Los Angeles and make it to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

This wonderful, family inspirational is packed with great life lessons that are relevant for all ages (We’ve watched this three times already and each time I’ve walked away with a new life lesson!) 

Life lessons learnt from Akeelah and the Bee

1. How much money you have in the bank does not determine your success.

2. Hard work and determination goes a long way.

3. Be a believer in someone else’s gift(s). You never know how much you will impact their life when you do.

4. You are never too small to make a difference in a person’s life.

5. Overcome fear because when you do you will find a whole new world of opportunity awaits you.

The scene that blessed my heart the most was the Marianne Williamson quote Akeelah reads in Dr. Larabee’s office.

(This is definitely frame-and-put-on-the-wall worthy.)

Child of God

If only we remind ourselves of this each morning and teach our kids to do the same, it’s enough to inspire, encourage and motivate us to do so much more and be all we are meant to be in our life circles.

Can you think of a movie (recent or an oldie)that has inspired, motivated and/or encouraged you and/or your family?


23 Comments

  1. I love these life lessons. I have never seen this movie. I am going to have to see if we can rent it. The life lessons are so true!

  2. I’ve never seen this film – good to know that it’s on Netflix! Laurence Fishburne is awesome.

  3. This is such a great film. I’ve watched it a couple of times and want my son to watch it (he won his school’s spelling bee this year, but was in a play at our local children’s theatre and could not compete on the county level).

  4. I can’t think of any movies right now – I am having a “senior” moment. I love it when there are life lessons in movies and television.

  5. I haven’t seen this yet, but it looks like it would be a good option for family movie night.

  6. I’ve heard good things about this movie but for some reason we have yet to see it. must change that very soon.

  7. Love the lessons this movie teaches. Sounds like an awesome family production!!

  8. I am a sucker for this kind of movie. So inspiring. My mom loves Dead Poets Society and Mr. Holland’s Opis. I think I see a trend here.

  9. Awe, my girls love this movie! I can’t think of any others off hand, but there is so many that are great messages!

  10. I haven’t seen the show but love hearing that you found such positive messages in it! That’s becoming a rarity!

  11. sounds like a sweet movie, nice and wholesome with content I would want to watch and my children too!

  12. This movie is such a great one and so family friendly. I need to show it to my kids now that they are getting older.

  13. We have been Netfix customers for a couple years now. I am going to have to have my daughter watch this.

  14. I’ve watched it number of times. and each time I watch it, I see something in me standing up to say “yes you can”

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