Back in the day, when we had three channels to choose from on the television and the only time we could share a classic old movie together as a family, was when it was shown once a year, the Wizard of Oz was at the top of the list of those to watch together.
Every Spring we would gather around the television and watch Dorothy get taken up into the sky in a whirlwind along with her ‘nasty little dog, too’. Landing on the Wicked Witch of the West was a good way to start her journey down that yellow brick road.
The only problem was, she had to deal with the Munchkins and all the challenges along the way like the flying monkeys who gave us nightmares for days afterward.
Everyone has a favorite character from the movie. Some like The Scarecrow because, even though he didn’t have a brain, he learned to believe in himself and realize he really was smart. Others like the Lion because he represents learning to be brave even when feeling fear.
For me, it was the Tin Man. I liked his character, not only because he reminded me of a robot, but because he lived his life thinking he didn’t have a heart when, the only true heart that matters, was already big inside of him. He was willing to sacrifice all for the others to protect them. He was brave, caring, and even funny.
We often are drawn to characters in the movies who remind us of ourselves. It’s natural to gravitate to those who speak to us about overcoming our fears, being larger than we are, and who make us feel special.
In the end, Dorothy found her way back home by clicking her heals and repeatedly saying, ‘there’s no place like home’. Along her journey, she found great new friends who helped her overcome her fears, realize she was strong, smart, and that family was everything.
Looking out at that field the day I took the shot above reminded me of that movie. We’re all on a journey of our own. We’ll face the poison of life hidden in false promises, deceptive leaders, winding paths, vines of resentment that want to hold us down, and the occasional flying monkey just to make our day!
Having hope, believing in ourselves, trusting in a power higher than we are, and having friends who help us along the way, are what’s over that rainbow.
True life isn’t somewhere down that yellow road. No, it’s here. Today. Now. We only need to look around us to see that every day gives us an opportunity to get stronger, braver, and to make new friends all the while cherishing home.
Today, here’s to living ‘over the rainbow’ right where we are. Here’s to letting go of the mentality that panacea is just one more day ahead or over the imaginary rainbow. Finally, here’s to living today for all it’s worth, one step at a time. I’ll leave you with the clip below of the Tin Man getting his heart that, in reality, he already had...
Wishing you all many blessings my friends!