It feels like a Wizard of Oz day.
Of course, that could be any day, if you’re a fan like me.
For even though it was filmed in 1939, its truths remain timeless.
Like when Dorothy received the insight as she tries to make her way back to her family.
She’d tried everything — stumbling upon her traveling companions, who also had their own wish to bring before the great and powerful Oz — and then did battle with witches and flying monkeys and trees that came to life.
All leading up to her heartfelt admission — there’s no place like home.
But then, in that moment, Glinda the Good Witch, the beautiful blond with the flowing pink gown and the magic wand, reminded her that nothing was stopping her.
“You’ve always had the power,” she twittered (and not on social media).
We also got to see unlikely friendships being forged, between a tin man, a scarecrow and a lion, all willing to see past their differences and focus on the common ground that united them. Out of that was bred a loyalty, respect and compassion so precious and beautiful that when it came time to part as they all were about to go their separate ways, we in the audience were unavoidably moved to tears.
And then there were all the wise words the wizard imparted over each of them.
To the cowardly lion, in search of courage, he said, “You, my friend, are a victim of disorganized thinking. You are under the unfortunate impression that just because you run away you have no courage; you’re confusing courage with wisdom.”
Would that someone had shared that with me when I was coming along.
I’m probably not alone in the belief that I am a wimp or in certain instances lack strength or courage.
Why didn’t someone tell me that it was just misdirected behavior?
Another deep thought shared was directed to the Tin Man, in search of a heart. The man of metal’s rationale — “I shall take the heart. For brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world.”
The wizard shed a different light on the subject: A heart is not judged by how much you love but how much you are loved by others.
I see your message and take it a step further.
Because now that we have a son and daughter-in-law with six kids, my perspective has changed. For the better.
It occurred to me recently that these precious little lives, which certainly have enriched ours, also provide a bonus lesson.
It’s not in what they give us, mind you.
The real treasure, you see, is that they know we love them. They simply know it.
That has become such a rich and valuable thing to witness.
For what could be better than knowing that the greatest gift you wish to give, is taken to heart and kept there forever.
And so, the moral of that story, according to self-appointed Wizard Phyllis, is to share as much love as you can and pray that others will receive it.