7 Lessons Learned From The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Do you remember The Wonderful Wizard of Oz? The book where Dorothy and her little dog, Toto, ended up on an unforgettable journey? Let’s take a look at what we can learn from the story and how these lessons can be applied to our lives.
1. In Order to Be Happy, Accept Who You Are
When we judge ourselves by what we're lacking, we miss out on who we really are on the inside. The Lion needed courage, the Scarecrow needed a brain, and the Tin Man needed a heart. Dorothy was also not perfect herself too. And she needed to get back home to Kansas. But even with all their flaws, the four friends still made a great team and provided strength and encouragement for each other.
2. Discover Your Path in Life
Dorothy probably could have found the yellow brick road on her own without the assistance of Glinda the Good Witch. After all, it was right in front of her. Sometimes the best path for your life is right in front of you and sometimes you may have to look a little harder. No matter where the path is, discover it for yourself. You choose where you want to go in life, who you want to be around, what you want to be, and how you want your life to influence others. Dorothy had a choice as well. She could have followed the Good Witch or she could have followed the Wicked Witch. She made her choice. You have a choice as well.
3. Never Try to Be Someone You’re Not
We were all created with gifts, talents, and personalities that makes us unique and special. The wizard pretended to be someone he was not. He created an appearance of someone with magical powers, and hid behind smoke and mirrors, hoping no one would find out he was a humbug. However, he was just a man and a fearful one at that who had to resort to tricks in order to get by.
The people in your life will love and appreciate you for who you are and will never try to change you into someone you're not. Be yourself. Love yourself. Appreciate who you are and associate yourself with those who appreciate you as well.
4. Tragedy Strikes Us All
No matter how comfortable we may be in life right now, there will be twisters that come to shake things up. Although tragedies come to everyone at some point in life, it's not the tragedy that defines us. It's how we respond that will make us who we become and determine where we eventually end up in life.
5. Never Allow Unfortunate Circumstances to Cause You to Miss Your Blessings
When Dorothy missed the balloon ride that would have taken her back to Kansas, she cried and became overwhelmed at the thought of never being able to get home. She allowed one circumstance, missing the balloon ride, to cause her to lose all hope. Never let a missed balloon ride cause you to lose hope. All you have to do is look for another way.
6. You Can Always Go Back Home
Dorothy's silver (or ruby - if you watched the movie) shoes had the ability to take her back home to Kansas the entire time. Although she did not know it at that time, Dorothy could have gone home whenever she wanted.
For most people, they have to go on a long and arduous journey before they realize home is more than the house they have, the apartment they rent, or the condo they own: it's where the people who love you most are waiting for you.
Dorothy, in a very real sense, finally discovered she had more than one home. Kansas was her home, but so was Oz.
7. Allow Yourself to Dream
Dreaming is what carries us to success and what provides us the motivation and encouragement to strive for something better. A life without dreaming is a life not worth living. Caught up in the chaos that today's world brings, those who succeed are the ones who dream big and then go out to grab success for themselves.
In between the life lessons awaiting you at every turn of the page, L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is one of the most enjoyable reads a person can ever hope to find. It's easy enough for a child to understand, and the themes behind the book are complex enough for adults to relate to.
If you haven't read this delightful book yet, be sure to pick it up the 100th Anniversary Edition on Amazon. Kindle, paperback, hardcover, and audio-book versions are available!