By Gary Rohmann In Illuminate Your Path Posted January 24, 2017
Your Yellow Brick Road – 2017
The first month of the new year is almost over. How are doing with your new years resolutions?
The film Wizard of Oz has been a classic for ages for ALL ages. The movie provides some great insights of how we can approach our life’s journey.
You may recall the farmhouse (including Dorothy and Toto) crashes in Munchkinland in the Land of Oz. Dorothy is told by Glinda – the Good Witch of the North – to follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City, where the Wizard of Oz might be able to help her get back home.
On her way, Dorothy meets and befriends the Scarecrow – who wants a brain, the Tinman – who desires a heart, and the Cowardly Lion, who is in need of courage. Dorothy invites each of them to accompany her on her journey to the Emerald City.
Dorothy and her friends overcame the menacing Wicked Witch of the West and the winged monkeys while passing through the Haunted Forest. The Sacrecrow discovered he had a brain, the Tinman found he had a heart and the Cowardly Lion possessed courage.
After a visit with the Wizard of Oz, and following Glinda’s instructions, Dorothy taps her heels together three times and repeats, “There’s no place like home”. Dorothy wakes up, surrounded by her family, the farmhands, Professor Marvel, and Toto. Her family and friends dismiss her adventure as a dream, but Dorothy insists that it was real, and there really is no place like home.
What is your intended destination for 2017? Where do you want the “Yellow Brick Road” to take you in 2017?
As you declare your intended “destination” for 2017, make sure your travel involves others. Incorporate their views in your plans to insure clarity that the route you are taking is the most direct and realistic.
On your journey do you need a brain, more heart, and more courage?
- Brain. Wisdom or knowledge. What are you doing in regards to your personal growth? Do today what others won’t; do tomorrow what others can’t.
- Courage. Overcome fear / feel fear and do it anyway– if you can see it — you can achieve it.
3. Heart. Passion – making a difference in the lives of others. For me, this involves a strong steadfast faith and knowing that anything that opens the heart – opens the mind as well.
Finally, be prepared for the unexpected — when the ‘monkeys swoop in’! Don’t quit and don’t run away – instead “run toward the roar” and keep showing up! It’s okay to make mistakes –but don’t carry them around with you. Instead, place them under your feet and use them as stepping stones. Anchor your heart and mind and correlate your hearts desires with your ability to think about this feeling in a rational manner.
As you travel in 2017, always remember “What we do in life echoes in eternity” (Maximus).
All the BEST to you — and may 2017 be your best year ever!