Glinda: She wouldn’t have believed me. She had to learn it for herself.
Scarecrow: What have you learned, Dorothy?
Dorothy: Well, I—I think that it, that it wasn’t enough just to want to see Uncle Henry and Auntie Em — and it’s that — if I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with! Is that right?
Glinda: That’s all it is!
In the movie, The Wizard of Oz, everyone focuses on the “click your heels three times.” And while that fantasy sounds wonderful, it’s not quite reality, is it? Hell, I’ve worn out a lot of heels clicking them together while saying “there’s no place like home”. Most of the time, I didn’t know where home was for me. Much like Dorothy on the yellow brick road in search of the Land of Oz, I have traveled many roads in search of my Land of Nirvana, where only happiness and peace resides.
I believe the real lesson in the movie is the above exchange between Glinda, the good witch, and Dorothy. In many ways, I see myself in Dorothy. Most of my life lessons aren’t ones I have learned from the advice of others — I had to learn them for myself. What did I discover? Like Dorothy learned, when you go looking for your heart’s desires — you don’t have to look very far — your answers are within yourself or as Dorothy said “my own backyard.”
Today I am thankful for ..
- The inner struggle I am experiencing. Sometimes it’s hard to be thankful for growth
- Forgiveness of letting myself down
- Several hours of writing
- Loving the hot weather — not so much the humidity
Keep cool and hydrated.
affectionately yours, Laura