I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas and holiday celebrations! It’s hard to believe that it’s already going to be a new year.
On The Wonder Scribes Podcast, we just released an episode reflecting on this past year and how we can move forward to make 2018 even better. If you haven’t listened yet, check it out. You may find some helpful tips in there.
Last week, we started our discussion on The Hunger Games and how we can use the underlying theme of suffering in a positive way in our own lives. If you missed it, you can read it here.
This week, we’re going to get into the first character discussion of the book, Gale Hawthorne.
For those of you who haven’t read The Hunger Games, Gale is a close friend of the main protagonist, Katniss Everdeen. He lives with her in District 12, where they hunt for food together and learn tricks of the trade just to keep their families alive. They’ve bonded a great deal through their common hardships and fight for survival.
Gale is kind, but a bit brooding, and rightfully so, considering the life he’s led up until we meet him in the story. He acts as a fatherly figure in Katniss’s life, and with her mom and sister too. Maybe he feels obligated to do so since they both lost her dad to a terrible mining accident. Either way, Gale is a protector and a fighter.
When Katniss and Peeta get shipped off to the games, Gale acts as our connection to District 12, to show us how life continues on while the games are in motion. He watches from the screens, just like everyone else, and sees the bond forming between Katniss and Peeta within the games, leaving him confused and torn about his own feelings for her. But despite the mixed emotions around Katniss and Peeta’s flourishing relationship, Gale continues to do what he promised her—keep her family alive.
He has no idea if Katniss will return, or not. And that has to be such a painful experience to go through. But most importantly, he steps up and shows us what true friendship is about.
Let’s take a look at exactly how he does that:
After his own father is killed in the same mining accident as Katniss’s father, Gale does whatever it takes to provide for his own family, as well as Katniss and her family.
He promises to protect and provide for her family after Katniss takes her sister’s place as tribute in the games.
Even as he watches Katniss and Peeta develop a bond within the games, he keeps true to his word to provide for and protect Katniss’s family while she’s gone.
So what can we learn from Gale Hawthorne?
I think it’s obvious that he’s the poster boy for loyalty and friendship. Nothing can get in between the bond that he and Katniss have built—not even the supposed budding romance with Peeta. He’s a man of his word and he holds great honor in following through with what he says he will do. He also will do anything for those he loves, even if it means sacrificing his own safety.
Where in your own life can you see a bit of Gale in yourself? Do you keep your word and value the friendships in your life?
We can all use Gale as a guide in our lives to reflect on how well we convey our love and loyalty to those who mean most to us. We can strengthen our friendships by doing what’s right by them and not standing down just because things get tough. We can follow through with what we say and what we do, aligning our words with our actions.
Through this, we can grow into even better human beings who are not only an immense support system for our friends and loved ones, but are also a role model for others to do the same. This way we can spread more goodness into a world that really needs it right now. And, feel amazing about ourselves and the type of life we’re leading.
So I ask you today, what’s one thing you can learn from Gale and start applying in your own life? For me, it’s making sure that my words and actions are in alignment and that if I say I will do something, there will be no room to doubt that it will be done.
You can also download the fun worksheet if you want to get deeper into using Gale as a guide in your own reality!
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment below and let me know.