...serenity in motion
I was raised on Disney, well who wasn’t? It took me years to realize that cartoons were art and then I found out (after I spent my college money on a BA at WSU) there was an art college there, my brain was bent. Not that I want to be an animator but some of the finest artistic people have been in the animation business. I cannot imagine what it was like to go to school there and be surrounded by Disney’isms.
‘A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down’ meant, you can make anything horrible into a good time. Not always feasible but I learned that laughter could lighten any load and sometimes it is the laughs that come afterward that make the hardship worth it. Not what Mary Poppins had in mind, but it was my takeaway.
‘A dream is a wish your heart makes’, deep down you really want something and although others make think it is beyond your reach; you really, really want it. Sometimes what we want makes no sense to others and it is not practical but that does not mean it is completely irrational. Being an artist is not rational, but it is worth it.
‘They say if you dream a thing more than once, it is bound to come true.’ When I was a child, I thought dreams came from a magical place outside of me so dreaming of the same thing more than once meant destiny was involved. As an adult I have learned that dreams come from us so dreaming the same thing over and over means that your subconscious has the focus that you need to work on. Focus is the key to achieving any goal.
‘To laugh is to love yourself’ Give yourself the gift of joy. Times are difficult right now, hell; there are always difficult times and most of the time we go through them alone. If you have a moment of laughter, just take it. It is a gift and it does lighten the load on your spirit and heart.
‘Keep moving forward’ This is the one that is in the back of my mind, ALWAYS. If you stand where you are, you will never get where you want to be. Take chances, make mistakes, fall, get up and keep putting one step in front of the other. No one ever completed a marathon by sitting on the sidelines.
Walt believed in what he wanted. He envisioned it, planned for it and found people to help him make his happy place on earth. It might be closed right now, but it is still there. Have faith in it, have faith in your dreams and most of all, have faith in yourself, or as they said in Dumbo, “Don’t just fly, Soar.”