“If we walk far enough, we shall sometime come to someplace.”
‘The Wizard of Oz’ may not have been released as a Christmas Film and can definitely not be classed as a cheesy movie, I always add it to my Christmas lineup; there’s also not much to critique about this film either because it’s a classic. As far as classics go there are always lessons to be learned and here are six lessons we can learn from Dorothy and her friends.
1 Find and Follow Your Own Yellow Brick Road
Though it was right in front of her nose, Glinda the Good Witch set Dorothy on the path to finding the one person that could possibly get her back to Kansas. At times I may sound repetitious, but the lesson here is that we should always strive to discover our own path(s) in life, what we want to be or do, where we want to go, how we want to live our lives. Then hop, skip and sing our way down that yellow brick road to find it.
2 Accepting People for Who They Are
Can you imagine Dorothy without her trusted companions, Lion, Scarecrow or Tin Man? True friends are your biggest supporters. They’ll be the fans cheering you on from the sidelines; accept them for who they are because they will be there to pick you up when life knocks the wind out of your and will stand by even when family fail. Friends will hold your hands in good times and bad as you travel down that yellow brick road to your destination and when those pesky flying monkeys attack, they’ll help you fight them off.
3 The Power is Always Within You
Even knowing how it all ends, when Dorothy misses her opportunity to travel home pinches the heart. Hope comes when Glinda notifies Dorothy that she had the power to return home the entire time—those ruby slippers. My question is, “where those slippers always magical or did Dorothy make them magical because she believed them so?” Look within yourself, whenever you’re in doubt, find the answer inside you. Like Dorothy we all have the power within us to be extraordinary, all we need is to believe in ourselves.
4 Always Allow Yourself to Dream
Dream Big, Dream Often!! Me being repetitious again. Remember “Somewhere over the rainbow, Somewhere over the rainbow, Bluebirds fly, And the dreams that you dreamed of Really do come.” So, allow yourself to step away from your busy life to look over the rainbow and visualise all the future possibilities. This is the perfect inspiration for you to start turning the dreams into reality.
5 Don’t Hide Your True Self Behind a Screen
The Wizard is still a surprise to me, his bark was definitely bigger than his bite. One of the most memorable scenes in the film was discovering he was just a man, with not magical powers, no booming voice. Don’t be like the Wizard by trying to be something or someone you’re not. You know what they say, “Those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” Always be your true self.
6 The Solution Is Often Right Under Your Nose
Life is like a Math problem. We’re never given a problem that there’s no solution to, however, the teacher doesn’t give you the answer to the problem, which means figuring it out for yourself. Dorothy was given the problem of finding a way home on her own and she was walking on the solution the entire time. When faced with a problem don’t wreck your brain trying to find a solution, sometimes you have to step away from the problem to see the bigger picture and give your brain adequate time to work out a solution.
©Etta D. Richards