This, a not so well known movie, based on the life, struggle, delusion and resurrection of Dan Miller, a young gymnast played by Scott Mechlowicz has some gems of wisdom in it. He is a promising gymnast aiming to get into the American gymnastic team for Olympics when an accident shatters his ego and illusion of self-worth. A stranger, called Socrates (played by Nick Nolte) comes to his rescue and guides him to the ‘path’, which he makes it clear, may not lead to success but will surely give him peace: the most underrated and least understood state of mind in the present era. Socrates, in most of his dialogues with Dan, sounds like a Zen master. We are never sure whether Socrates is a real person or a creation of Dan’s imagination. In one scene Socrates asks Dan, ‘perhaps I am your intuition talking to you’. To which Dan responds, ‘don’t mess with my mind’.
Socrates: Everything has a purpose, even this, and it’s up to you to find it.
Socrates: I call myself a Peaceful Warrior… because the battles we fight are on the inside.
Socrates: Those who are the hardest to love, need it the most.
Socrates: Death isn’t sad. The sad thing is: most people don’t live at all.
Socrates: Sometimes you have to lose your mind before you come to your senses.
Socrates: This moment is the only thing that matters.
Socrates: People are not their thoughts, they think they are, and it brings them all kinds of sadness.
Dan Millman: You’re out of your mind!
Socrates: And it’s taken me a lifetime of practice.
Dan Millman: The journey is what brings us happiness not the destination.
Dan Millman: Life has just three rules?
Socrates: And you already know them…
Dan Millman: Paradox, humour, and change.
Dan Millman: Life is a mystery. Don’t waste time trying to figure it out.
Dan Millman: Keep a sense of humour, especially about yourself. It is a strength beyond all measure.
Dan Millman: Know that nothing stays the same.
Socrates: There is no starting or stopping – only doing.
Socrates: Where are you?
Dan Millman: Here.
Socrates: What time is it?
Dan Millman: Now.
Socrates: What are you?
Dan Millman: This moment.