Inspirations from the Wizard of OZ

If you are willing to go a thousand miles to look for a master, there may be one right next to your door, so I read from Steven Job’s biography.

This time, the master, or great wizard to be more accurate, that I am seeking was delivered right to my desk. It is a children’s version of the Wizard of OZ which inspired me and taught me the important lessons on how to live a life.

To be honest, I have heard about this book and the movie adapted from the story long ago, but I despised it because the movie poster looked strange to me, so I never took my time to watch or read it.

After reading the dumbed down version of the book, listening to its audio version and watching half of the film over the past week, I realize, just like the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion and the Kansas girl discovered, that you need three things to live a good life. They are:

  1. A brain to learn and think
  2. A heart to feel and love
  3. Courage to seek and fight

And you do not need to go over the rainbow to find them because you already have them — just look inside over the places where you have overlooked. After you find them, then you need to learn how to use them just as Dorothy’s did with her red shoes.

So what do I want from the great wizard of OZ? I would say all the three of the natures but most importantly the courage to do things. I often scare myself and conjure up the worse case scenario whenever I leave my comfort zone. The very few times when I ventured outside of my spiritual confinement, I gained and learned a lot and those experiences became the most memorable moments of my life.

This year is the time for me to drive once again on the route of 66 for self-fulfillment.

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