Would it help?

In the movie “The Bridge of Spies,” Tom Hanks’ character, James Donovan, strikes a lovely unlikely friendship with the convicted Soviet spy, Rudolph Abel. After Donovan’s first meeting with the judge, the following exchange takes place.

Rudolf Abel: How did we do?
James Donovan: In there? Uh, not too good. Apparently you’re not an American citizen.
Rudolf Abel: That’s true.
James Donovan: And according to your boss, you’re not a Soviet citizen either.
Rudolf Abel: Well, the boss isn’t always right but he’s always the boss.
James Donovan: Do you never worry?
Rudolf Abel (in a tone that is politely curious): Would it help?

There are, I think, 2 other moments in the movie when Hanks mentions something potentially worrying and, surprised by Abel’s calm reaction, asks – “Aren’t you worried about that?”


To which, Abel always asks – “Would it help?”

Such an inspiring attitude towards problems and worry. One for us to take forward into the new year.