The theme this week is very much along the lines of “patience” and “resilience;” two key attributes that we touched upon in the past two weeks.
This morning, as I reflected on the ‘lack of love’ that some of us experienced in our childhoods, an image from the cartoon Zootopia came to the fore.
An image about someone turning himself around, and beautifully, I shall add.
That someone is the fox Gideon Grey. Early on in the movie, Judy Hopps is attacked by Gideon who’s stolen movie tickets from her friends. She fights valiantly, gets the tickets back and inherits a big scratch on her face.
Years later, when she’s feeling desperate about the situation in Zootropolis, she returns to her roots and visits her parents in the fields they are tending. They are fruit merchants and Gideon Grey has become a great pastry chef and one of their partners. What a turnaround!
Upon seeing Judy, he apologizes. “I had a lot of self-doubt and it manifested itself in the form of unchecked rage and aggression. I was a major jerk.”
What does it take to turn oneself around?
Attributes of honesty with oneself, courage and determination come to the fore. I am sure there are many more, that are like little helpers along the way. Once we determine to move forward along our path, with whatever endeavor we have in mind and with eyes wide open, we often find unexpected ‘companions’ to help us out.
Here is a wonderful quote from Goethe.
“Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative or creation, there is an elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too… whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace, and power in it.”
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