Monday, October 15, 2012
I'm running on the treadmill trying to push myself to "the outer limits" and all I keep focusing on is how do I get better; how do I become a better person so that I can be proud of myself; how can I "complete" myself?? Then all of a sudden, as I am living in the moment of the motor of the treadmill, my breathing, and pounding of my sneakers, I start thinking about the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz.
..."if only I had a heart."
The Tin Man? Are you kidding me?? Here I am sweating my butt off; I am breathing hard; and, my legs are burning and here is my mind focusing on the characters from The Wizard of Oz. Sure, I love the movie. Sure, I love the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion (the Scarecrow is actually my favorite). And sure I wished I had a pair of those beautiful ruby slippers, but you would of thought that I would of picked a better time to think about this!!!
Maybe not. Once I got my thoughts in control I then started to realize that they were also searching for something to "complete" them selves. The Tin Man wanted a heart, the scarecrow wanted a brain, the lion wanted courage, and Dorothy wanted to go home. Then – as we all know the ending of this fabulous movie - we all see that they demonstrated that they already possessed what they have been seeking - the qualities they believed they lacked. They each had character (they did have a heart, a brain, courage and a family/home). And we all know that character is essential for happiness.
Dorothy and her companions reminded me that if I am true to others and myself I will be in peace. I just need to hold true to this as well as give up on the idea of perfection. I do have character. Thus, I already have everything I need to be happy.
…and I do have a pair of ruby slippers. They just happen to be a pair of 9 ½ Asics.