May 3, 2015

Trust Your Gut: Obsessed (2009)

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Have you ever met someone who turned out to be exactly who you thought they were, for better or for worse? You know the situations I'm talking about where you had a feeling (in your gut) that someone was either a good person or not so much, then low and behold after sometime had passed, their true identity was revealed, rendering you right. As they say, the truth shall set you free, but just imagine how much faster the path to the truth could be if we all just trusted our gut initially instead of being duped into someone's alluring, or not so alluring, facade.The movie Obsessed (2009) is a great example of what can happen when you don't trust your gut. May we all be reminded of the importance of trusting our instincts about people and situations.

In the movie Obsessed (2009), on the day of his move into a new home with his wife Sharon (Beyonce Knowles) and son, finance executive Derek Charles (Idris Elba) meets a temporary worker with ill intentions. Despite the fact that he had an initial gut feeling that something was "off" about Lisa Sheridan (Ali Larter), Derek befriended his temporary assistant, to his regret. Lisa quickly went from being friendly to romantically pursuing her boss, insisting that her feelings were requited. Unfortunately for Lisa, by the time the situation had escalated to the point of involving Derek's wife, Sharon, she would then meet her untimely death. Derek had to learn the hard way that he should have trusted his gut, a mistake that we all can learn from.

While this movie is quite an engaging thriller, it's also a great reminder of the importance of trusting your gut. Derek had a bad feeling about Lisa from the onset, despite her pretty smile. And while he was initially successful in keeping his distance from her, it was his inaction during her most aggressive pursuits that led him down the path to the fatal confrontation between his wife and Lisa in his family home. We all should and must be careful not to get caught up in someone's facade, but rather pay more attention to our instincts upon meeting new people or engaging in new situations. Doing so will definitely keep the drama at bay in your life and help you bring more positive people into your inner circle. So, always go with your gut.

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