Sometimes in life, we recognize the precise time when our life changed. Something happened. Maybe it was a phone call or a random conversation. It could be a letter or something we read in a book. It wasn’t necessarily an important moment, but something clicked and it becomes the turning point for us. A decision gets made, sometimes a decision we had no idea was lurking in our mind.

An epiphany isn’t something that happens to us. It is when we happen. The moment when we take charge, change something that will sometimes alter our future, maybe permanently.

In the movie “Casablanca” (which I hope everyone has seen at least twice), this was the epiphany when Rick (Humphrey Bogart) decides to stop standing by and join the fight. I can’t think of any better version of an epiphany than this.

When Rick nods to his orchestra to play “The Marseillaise,” he moves into the fight. It’s not his first battle, but this time he’ll be in it until the end.

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16 replies

  1. Oh Marilyn, I knew you were special. This is my all time favorite movie. The two scenes are true epiphanies. Victor Laslo in The Marcellais scene showed why he was a leader. The final scene was written late, but the two writers came up with the ending based on “gather up the usual suspects.” Someone had to die (Major Strasser) and someone had to cause it, so Rick could not get on the plane. From that evolution came one of the best final sequences ever in a movie. Keith


    • We saw the movie in the movies when Turner Classics ran it. It was really a LOT better on the big screen, even though it’s great any time you see it, anywhere.

      There are a lot of pivotal moments in it too. Most of the actors and actresses in it actually WERE refugees — and the war was far from over at that point.


  2. Yes, absolutely – and great observation re Casablanca too, which of course I have seen several times (three at a guess). Not my favourite Bogart but anything with him in gets my vote!


  3. I love your definition of an epiphany, it’s spot on. it happens when we happen.

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  4. I don’t remember if I’ve watched this movie or not! Old age creeping in. 😂


  5. Thank you brother for giving me such a precious gift. I love you with all my heart. May God bless you forever and always.


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