Some of my favourite films of recent times have been those designed for children – with a watchful eye on the adults, of course. I think, with great fondness, of ‘Toy Story’, ‘Monsters Inc.’, ‘Ice Age’, ‘The Incredibles’ and ‘Up’. Laughs and tears aplenty!
Even after all these experiences, I’m still surprised how, in the midst of a ‘kid flick’, some message flies out of the screen and hits me right between the eyes. And so it was the other day when I was invited (!) by my lovely children, to take them to see ‘Happy Feet 2′. Not having seen ‘Happy Feet 1′ I didn’t know quite what to expect from the dancing penguins but I took one or two guesses, which actually turned out to be quite accurate!
So there I was, watching their (the penguins) titanic struggle against the forces of nature (major implied messages about global warming) when, at one particularly tense point, Mumble turns to Ramone and says, “You’re fearing the worst.”
“Well”, replies Ramone, “Fearing the best would be a complete waste of time.”
And that was another ‘between the eyes’ moment. Why? Because that’s exactly what so many people do. It is often the fear of success, the fear of standing out from the crowd, the fear of standing FOR something in the face of a questioning, challenging crowd – the fear of saying, “I am the best”, that stands in the way of them achieving what it is they truly want.
So, if you want to take just one thought with you into the coming year, take this: ”The best is yet to come and it is only by wanting to be the best, and accepting that you can be, that you will realize it.”