Ruby in Paradise
Starring: Ashley Judd,
Todd Field, etc.
Director: Victor Nunez
Year of Release: 1993
Video Release Date: February 20, 2001
Real freedom comes from finding out what you
love to do and then doing it. Ruby, a 20-year-old Tennessee
woman, escapes what was probably an abusive life and drives
to Florida, where she insists on work at a beachwear shop until
the owner finally relents. And she gradually learns to love
her work, not so much because retail is thrilling but because
she finds she is good at dealing with people and money. When
the owner’s son makes advances and is eventually spurned,
he takes his revenge by getting her fired. Hitting a low point
during which she considers, then refuses work at a strip joint,
she eventually grows in her knowledge of what she wants from
life and learns to go after it.
Notice how Ruby, after many challenging ordeals,
finally becomes an independent woman, in charge of her work
and herself. She had escaped from what was probably an abusive
relationship. If you are in an abusive relationship, take
Ruby as a model and get out. You may be scared and unsure,
but do it anyway. Look for a mentor to provide you with guidance,
like Ruby had.
- Do you believe that you are not capable
of confronting or getting away from people who treated you
- Do you remember a situation in your life when you faced
a fear of conflict and confronted somebody who had treated
- If you find yourself in similar situations now, you might
want to try it again, starting with someone who presents only
a small challenge.
- Does Ruby’s capacity to escape from her abusers remind
you of possibly neglected resources inside you that might
help you to achieve the same?
- If you are in an abusive relationship, take Ruby as a model
and get out. You may be scared and unsure, but do it anyway.
Look for a mentor to provide you with guidance, like Ruby