Media Monday: Patch Adams

Welcome to our third Media Monday, where we will take a piece of media, whether it be a movie, song, or book that discusses a theme or topic relating back to the Defying Shadows Message!

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In honour of the recent passing of Robin Williams last week, we will be looking at the movie Patch Adams this week.

The movie starring Robin Williams back in 1998 is based on a real story. Patch Adams is determined to become a medical doctor because he finds joy in helping other people. Unfortunately, the medical and scientific community does not appreciate his methods of healing because he treats the person, not the patient. He takes time to see, hear, and know each of his patients using humour as a source for healing.

In this scene, Patch approaches Dean Anderson in hopes to understand Dean’s riddle of how many fingers you can see. It is at this time that Patch learns a very valuable lesson that we can learn from ourselves.

“Don’t focus on the problem, but rather, look at the solution.

See what no one else sees;

see what everyone else chooses not to see,

and see the whole world anew.”

What are some other lessons you have learned from the Patch Adam’s movie? Share them in the comments below!

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