Those of you who don’t know me, let me tell you how much I LOVE The Wizard of Oz. It is absolutely one of my all time favorite movies. It was a spectacular production filled with adventure. fantasy, and incredible storytelling. We can not for get the infamous ruby red slippers and yellow brick road to Oz. The Wizard of Oz is a classic. Have you ever wondered why, after almost 75 years, The Wizard of Oz is till around and generations after generations continue to fall in love with technicolor fantasy?
I believe The Wizard Of Oz has endured the test of time because it deeply resonates with our experiences of the human condition. You can recognize as a human, team or leader you must draw from your head, heart, courage and spirit. So matter how different your life or situation may seem we are all the same. We all experience the same feelings and emotions as we travel through our personal journeys in life. Our lives are full of real-life lions, and bears, and tigers. Oh my!. You have to keep moving down your yellow brick road, face obstacles head on, stay true to yourself and values, and always expect and give help along the way. So here are my most memorable life lessons according to The Wizard of Oz.
Accept Your Friends For Who They Are.
We all have the good, the bad, and they ugly side of us. We come in all different shapes and sizes physically and figuratively. These character “flaws” make us who we are and what I like to refer to as “perfectly imperfect.” Your friends add value and flavor to your life, and yes their quirks make them all the more valuable and special. When life’s challenges arise your friends are your support. Each friend or person in your life has a special role they play. Accept them for who they are, where they are in life, the value, and role they play in your life. Recognize your friends for all they bring to your life and when they are in need of a little help. You just never know when you’ll need them around to rescue you from flying monkeys.
Follow Your Own Yellow Brick Road
I have heard, all too often, the regret people have for not pursuing their dream or vision. People have died wishing they would have lived life more fully, worked less, followed their dreams, had more fun, or did more with their life when they had the chance. Don’t’ let this story be you. Discover your own path in life—what you want to be, where you want to go, how you want to live–and have fun.
We all have dreams, visions, hopes, and desire of something great and unique just to us. Allow yourself to dream the impossible, create your own rules, and follow your own yellow brick road. Don’t waste time following someone else’s dream or path because its safe and already paved. Authentically engage in the adventure of discovering your own yellow brick road. You will get the directions you need once along the way.
Running away is never the answer
When challenges arise or life situations occur, it can appear easier to run than to face the problem head on-especially the really hard ones. If Dorothy had not run away, she probably wouldn’t have gotten caught up in the tornado to begin with. It takes true courage to confront your problems and figure out a solution. It is far better than spinning in a tornado. You can not out run a tornado- eventually it will catch you. Besides you will feel better about yourself and empowered by your decision if you resolve your problem over the wrath of a tornado.
There’s No Place Like Home
I spend a lot of time traveling and living out of suitcase. Until I moved to LA- I was transitioning every 13 weeks. Thats a lot of time living out of suitcases, hotels, moving from place to place and time spent away from “home.”
No matter how many different “homes” you have or where your “home” may be -make it your sanctuary. If you need to make a visit, do some spring cleaning, or declutter don’t’ waste time. There is no better time than now. Home is where your heart is. It’s wherever the people you love—and who love you—are found. Don’t run from situations you need to face. Fix whatever needs to be fixed, make the time, and enjoy “home”- where ever it is.
‘Home’ is also your purpose. When life becomes overwhelming, confusing, misleading, and spinning in circles. Go back ‘home’ to your purpose. Refocus and regroup. Remember what is important and base your actions and decisions on what is in alignment with your purpose.
Don’t hide your true self behind a screen
One of the most memorable scenes in the film is when we discover the Wizard is just a man. He has no magical powers. He doesn’t even have a booming voice. The lesson? Don’t try to be something you’re not. In life, and especially with technology it is very easy to hide behind a screen. Love who you are and find your strengths. No one can be you better than you. The people who matter most in this life will love you no matter what. Live and love YOU authentically.
Allow yourself to dream
Your life is probably going a mile a minute and its easy to get caught up in the monotony of the rat race and daily grind. If you are alive you have purpose and a dream that is yours and only yours. Make time to dream. Close your eyes. Allow yourself to drift over the rainbow and visualize what lies on the other side. What would you do if money nor time nor fear limited you? How big would you dream? What new possibilities lie over your rainbow?
Don’t give up your principles (or you ruby slippers)
Trust your heart, values, beliefs and principles. Dorothy knew giving her ruby slippers to the Wicked Witch would only lead to trouble. (The sparks that flew when the Witch tried to take Dorothy’s slippers from her might have been an indication.) So when your values and beliefs are being questioned or challenged, stand firm and always stay true to yourself.
Believe in good and good will happen
Dorothy chose to follow the Good Witch and was helped along her journey. Have you ever wondered what would have happened had Dorothy chosen to follow the Wicked Witch instead of Glinda? Probably nothing good. The Law of Attraction states that active thoughts attract to it likened experiences. I like to say “where your thoughts go, your life goes.” With this being said, if you focus on the positive and the good in life, good will then follow; just as Dorothy’s journey down the yellow brick road was guided when she chose to follow Glinda, the Good Witch.
The solution might be right under your nose.
You can get wrapped up in finding a solution. You can spend hours, days and even weeks racking your brain for an answer. Sometimes its best to walk away, disconnect from the situation, breath and regroup. Most of the time the answer you are looking for is right under your nose. The answer to Dorothy’s problem of finding her way back home, was right under her nose the entire time- her ruby red slippers.
Look within for your power
Its easy to get caught up in external sense of power, or look outside yourself for others to guide you, direct, and give you the answers you are looking for. When Dorothy missed her balloon flight home, she started to cry, and Glinda told her that with the ruby slippers, she had the power to return home the whole time; she just needed to discover it for herself. The same is true for you. Some things you have to experience for yourself. You must trust yourself, your intuition, and your own spiritual power and intellect. You have all the answers within you, you just have to trust and believe. You are more powerful than you think.
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