I Knew You’d Be Good

I’ve come to love the movie, The Kings Speech. There are many elements of it that I enjoy; the relationship that Logue shares with the King of course. The character of Churchill is played perfectly. But the character I want to talk about here is Queen Elizabeth, the Kings wife. She is regal, without being aloof. She is humble, but with a powerful grace and dignity.

Someone once said, “The human male is about ninety percent ego.” They may have been right, about some of us anyway. I think men want to know they’ve done well. Whether in their jobs, as a dad, in sports or recreation, as husbands and lovers and of course as men, they want to feel good about their efforts. Most want to be known as manly. Not careless brutes, who force their will on others, but men of goodness  and strength.

King George the VI did not wish to be King. His inability to speak made it seem impossible in his mind to function as King. But with the help of Lionel Logue, he worked his way into the role and fulfilled his destiny. Before he gave the speech informing the people of the British Empire that they were at war with Germany, Elizabeth came to him, looked him in the eye and said, “I’m sure you’ll be splendid.”

His three minute speech was a turning point for his life. He gained confidence, stability and a measure of peace. When it was over, Elizabeth breathes a deep breath of relief. When she goes to greet him, she whispers, “I knew you’d be good.”  Then she looks at Logue and says, “Thank you—Lionel.” And with almost a bow, she turns away. It’s a powerful moment in the film.

I asked my dad a while back, “Does anyone believe in you, as much as you believe in yourself?” His simple answer was, “No.” I told him, “I don’t know anyone who believes in me the way that I do.” His response was what all good dads would say. He said, “I believe in you more than you do.” Everyone needs someone in their corner. We all need someone who believes in us and our abilities—especially when we don’t believe in ourselves.

I hope someone in your life is standing by and watching you make your great effort to fulfill your destiny. I hope they encourage you along the way. I hope you have a Logue in your life who will not candy coat your weaknesses, but will help you overcome them. I pray there is a woman who knows your fears and worries, your insecurities and shortcomings who will look you in the eye and whisper, “I knew you’d be good.”

telemicus out

1 Responses to I Knew You’d Be Good

  1. Bill says:

    I love it!!!! Thanks for posting…I believe in you too my friend!!!

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