The movie contains a wonderful message that’s more than just an old movie from your childhood. This is about a quest, a quest to find the way home to who we really are. This is an unmapped journey to find our place in the world and be among people who love us and who we love in return.
Along the way, like Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Lion, we are acutely aware of our faults - not smart enough, not pretty enough, not loving enough, not brave enough, not skinny enough; too many obstacles in the way of where we want to be; too often hearts were disappointed and broken, too many lies told and heard on the journey. Sometimes we just give up and deny anything is wrong on our journey – a veil of fog surrounds us – much like the Oz travelers in the poppy fields.
Some of us can’t move away from the fog and we make the same mistakes over and over. We are fear filled, yet chose to live in the fear. Our negative stories don’t have a magical road to take; we can’t admit the need to turn on a different road. We’re too busy bitching and complaining about the road we’re on and how it’s somebody else’s fault we’re on that road. We are horribly frightened of life and taking a chance. Many times, we are terrified of being alone and live an unhappy life just to be with someone. We use things and activities bad for us as a soothing mechanism. I did it all last year and have some great purses, shoes, make-up and empty wine bottles to show for being soothed.
How do we get brave enough take the first step on the Yellow Brick Road? Believe! It’s a choice to Believe! Just like Dorothy – we choose to believe in ourselves, our journey, our destination, our strength, our loved ones and our resilience. We believe in our self worth, our ability to offer more in life and believe the future holds gifts beyond dreams. It’s not something that comes free with purchase, but a conscious choice to close our eyes, step off the safe path and walk into uncharted and unfamiliar territories.
It’s the choice to let go of the need to plan every single moment of every single day; to relax and let life gift us the blessings of love, kindness, joy and hope. It’s a choice to believe we can become athletes, a choice to conquer fear and sign up for a half marathon, a choice to take a deep breath and contact someone on Match.com or asking that really nice guy out for a beer believing you’re worthy of a healthy relationship. It’s a belief you have the courage to conquer life and win, no matter the scary obstacles in your path. It’s a belief you are exactly where you need to be on your journey.
My Yellow Brick Road wishes for you:
You BELIEVE in yourself. You know you are so worth taking care of you. You dare to take a baby step on the Yellow Brick Road, then another, and another. And soon, you’ll soon be racing toward your destiny along the road right for you – be it yellow, green, blue or red. I wish your quest be filled with opportunities, adventures, laughter, joy, and love. I wish your journey takes you to the store of choice and you find the perfect mascara (I’m still on that journey!). I wish you move your body and exercise on a regular basis which helps you believe even more in yourself. I wish you infinite love, gratitude and healing on your brick road journey. And, I wish you know the decision to BELIEVE in yourself is filled with so many gifts. Close your eyes; believe in yourself and take that first step into your life!
My infinite love and gratitude to you,
Our veterans have served our country long and well. Many of them are housed in Veteran’s Hospitals around the country. Please consider volunteering. There are countless older veterans who are without families to visit them and many are fighting again, but this time fighting a terminal illness. They have no one to hold their hand or help them let go of their pain. Please consider being a family to these brave men and women. Don’t let them live or let them die alone.
The No Veteran Dies Alone program is a program that provides palliative care to honor a veteran near the end of their lives. Other volunteer programs assist in visiting veterans, helping in care or transportation, helping at the information desk and or being a guest services ambassador. I had the honor to visit the Veterans Hospital in Battle Creek with my daughter as she did her post deployment physical and she was treated with the utmost care and respect by these volunteers. It was a phenomenal experience. Please consider being a volunteer. Make your life a little bigger. You won’t regret it!
Volunteer information can be found at www.volunteer.va.gov or you can contact the Battle Creek VA Medical Center at www.battlecreek.va.gov.