The Wizard of Oz has always been a classic, because of the message it teaches. Yearly it is enjoyed by children of all ages, but because of the symbolic search, the characters embark on. The search for personal growth is one that I am very familiar, the ability to think, have a heart, maintain your courage and find a home. I think we are all looking for the same things. Here are a few things I have learned on my trip through Oz.
If I only had a Brain
The search for intelligence is one that has changed over time for me. Originally, I thought the school was the ultimate expression of your intellect. What degree you had, determined your intelligence.
But the experience of life has taught me that your real intellect is revealed when you have a passion for learning something. I have learned more since I turned 44 than I ever conceived of as a college student.
I believe that all people contain intelligence inside themselves and they only need the right question to bring it out. Don’t spend a lifetime looking outside yourself for intelligence or intellect, it has existed inside you all along.
Tales of a Broken Heart
Many of us are just like that tin man, tapping our chests and hearing nothing but an echo shooting back at us. Yet, the heart is always there, it has to be for us to exist.
Our emotional heart is in everyone, but we try to protect it too much. Nothing hurts as bad as a broken heart, but that is a part of the process. There is an inherent risk in any relationship that if you love someone, you may be hurt.
This goes for loving your spouse, girlfriend, boyfriend, children, grandparents, or friends. Because it hurts so much, that is why we construct such solid structures around our hearts. The problem with this is that it is hard to get any guidance from a heart so deeply buried.
Remember that your heart is available to you anytime you want to use it, any walls or tin around it can be removed simply by making the decision to do so.
What have they got that I ain’t got?
When it comes to courage, we all face fears all the time. Some are big like a fear of death or a fear of heights, and some are quite small. In each action, there is a twinge of fear that we either overcome or succumb to.
Courage to me is recognizing the thing that frightens you and still moving forward anyway. As life progresses, people create routines and structures that seem to protect us from fear, but it still exists. My search for courage is to be myself in every single moment, regardless of what others think.
Yours may be something else. We all have the courage inside us to face whatever adversity we face. It isn’t going to always be easy, but it can be done.
No Place Like Home
Some would say that home is where the heart is and others might say that home is where you can be accepted and loved for who you are. No matter what definition you use, I think that the search for home is one that is lifelong.
I am fortunate to have experienced a lot of homey experiences in my life, but I am unfortunate in that I have never found my home. This is one of the places that I have been looking for all of my life. I have thought I found it twice but was mistaken. I also know that what I may find is that finding the home I am thinking of is an impossibility, or it may be something that I have known all along.
Either way, those who have found this in their lives should be grateful. I am grateful for the idea that home is going to be possible someday.
So, What have you learned Dorothy?
So as I express my gratitude for this movie and the search for a brain, a heart, courage, and a home. I urge all of you who have these things to be grateful for them. If you are still searching, that is OK too. Life is nothing but a search for all of our missing pieces, which exist out there somewhere. If I only knew where there was a wizard hiding behind a curtain, perhaps I would find mine more easily.