Sunday, 22 March 2015

Things I learned from the Wizard of Oz . . .



 photo afea6f58344bfae3332a4ae5488c1239_zpsddhwcrnv.jpg

We were flipping through the channels last evening trying to find something to watch and it landed on that iconic scene in the Wizard of Oz where the house had just been through the tornado and Dorothy picks up Toto and opens the door to discover her limited world of black and white has turned into technicolour and I was a child again . . .  completely mesmorized and enthralled.  This was one of the favourite films of my childhood . . .  even if when I first saw it, the film was already about 25 years old.   It is a timeless classic that never gets old really . . .

 photo 9d3d8168c3a7f5bdafb2d4799592c080_zpspvo6o8uq.jpg

Magical.   It's pure magic.   You can also learn a lot from it as well.  I know that I did and here are some of the lessons it taught me . . .

The journey of a lifetime always begins with a single step.   You will never get anywhere in life if you stay right where you are.  You have to be brave and put one foot in front of the other in faith.  Staying where you are is not an option . . .  unless you want things to always stay the same and you don't want to grow as a human being or improve upon things.  Change can be very good.

"I don't want to get to the end of my life and find
that I just lived the length of it.
I want to have lived the width of it as well."
~Diane Ackerman

  photo a5896a52fb0409bd39550a6969145c56_zpsriahbmjb.jpg

"Well, some people without brains do a lot of talking don't they?"
~The Scarecrow

You don't have to have a degree in order to be smart.   There are lots of people who have lots of education who are as dumb as posts.   Smart involves a lot more than just book knowledge.  There are many ways to be intelligent, and even more ways to be dumb.

 photo 76a2cc0c9fc4761f49f40f56392bb661_zpsdubtd5b9.jpg

"A heart is not judged by how much you love, 
but by how much you are loved by others."

Love is a gift.  What you put out to the universe always comes back to you in abundance.  You have to love in order to be loved.  Call it Karma or whatever you will . . . when you love, someone is bound to love you back.

 photo 8a1e1eb016b7d79df270c2a665152aac_zps5heqsvj0.jpg

The loudest voice is not always the most courageous voice.  Courage is not always the absence of fear, but being able to act despite fear.   Courage and faith work hand in hand.  You cannot have one without the other.

"Happiness is a form of courage."
~Holbrook Jackson

 photo wizard-of-oz-original1_zpsp3tqrmr6.jpg

You have to have a dream in order to have a dream come true.   You also have to believe in your dreams and in yourself.  Other's will never believe in you if you cannot believe in yourself and a dream can't come true unless you dare to dream it in the first place. 

"All the flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds of today."
~Unknown

 photo The-Wizard-Of-Oz-classic-movies-356865_703_576-thumb-800x655-56430_zpslilv6ftt.jpg

Good always triumphs over evil and truth will always prevail.

"She was unstoppable.  Not because she did not have failures or doubts,
but because she continued on despite them."
~Beau Taplin

 photo 3478c5535925a816cec02170648d6727_zpsuvt6n9qv.jpg

A good pair of shoes can get you just about anyplace you want to go.

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them."
~Leo Tolstoy


 photo 9d1d3c9b6ebb424db74cdb46c081a627_zpsyou57bix.jpg

We hold within ourselves the power and ability to do, become, have . . .  whatever it is we want.

 Do stuff,
Be clenched, curious.
Not waiting for inspiration's shove 
or society's kiss on your forehead.
~Unknown

 photo 62287a4bab8c9647b6a5748e7ff2a74c_zpsao8ucpvs.jpg

East, West  . . .  Home is best.

"There is nothing short of staying home for real comfort."
~Jane Austin

There truly is no place like home, and home is where I am happiest.

And that, quite simply is that  . . .

A thought to carry with you through today  . . .

 ❥✻❥.¸¸.✿¨¯`❥✻❥¸¸.✿¨¯`❥✻❥.¸¸.✿¨¯`❥✻❥
"The world is full of people looking for spectacular 
happiness . . . while they snub contentment."
~Dough Larson
 ❥✻❥.¸¸.✿¨¯`❥✻❥¸¸.✿¨¯`❥✻❥.¸¸.✿¨¯`❥✻❥

 photo DSCN1104_zpsp1kivogf.jpg

Cooking in The English Kitchen today  . . .  Elizabeth's Lemon Meringue Pie.

Have a beautiful Sabbath day . . .  may your shoes take you to wherever it is you want to go!

Don't forget . . .

═══════════ ღೋƸ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒღೋ ═══════════ ⊰✿░G░O░D⊰✿⊰L░O░V░E░S⊰✿⊰░Y░O░U░⊰✿
═══════════ ღೋƸ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒღೋ ═══════════


And I do too!



9 comments:

Sybil said...

As always such wise words are written by you Marie,,,I loved that film as well....I have alwasy said if I could give a wish to a child at their birth is that they would always be ...contented...if we are content we have everything...we can cope with anything...
How did the baptism's go yesterday....Have a lovely Sunday..hope the sun shines for you...it's very dull here this morning..love to you Todd and Mitzie xxx

Marie Rayner said...

The Baptisms were lovely Sybil! It was nice to see a group of sisters taking this positive step towards their future together! It's gorgeous sunny here today my friend. I hope you get some sunshine too! Love and hugs to you all. xoxo

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Love is a gift and there truly is no place like home. Such a nice way you did the lessons from the story. I hope your Sunday is a blessed one !

La Table De Nana said...

I loved and love the WOZ.
How many times do scenes pop into our hedas..the tin man..scarecrow..Toto..her voice in that movie..such expression in her tone..and diction..
Red glitter shoes;)
Is that why we both loved red shoes?
I think so.
A classic..like your pie.
And your words..as always..just right.

Marie Rayner said...

Thanks Pam! My Sunday has been very blessed thus far. Some Sundays are just more golden than others Today is one of those. xxoo

I am sure that is why we both love red shoes Monique! We are both lovers of everything WOZ! No matter how many times they try to redo it . . . nothing ever comes up to the quality of that first edition. It truly is the best. xoxo

LauraC said...

Every years when this came on TV, we went to my grandmother's house to watch it on a color TV. My kids had the video. Somehow it just wasn't as special when you could see it whenever you wanted to.

Marie Rayner said...

I was an adult before I saw it in colour Laura! It didn't matter though, I loved it anyways and just imagined the colours!

handmade by amalia said...

If you're going to learn, learn from the best! What a wonderful wonderful film this is.
Amalia
xo

Marie Rayner said...

It's just the best Amalia! xoxo