After stopping off at the local Internet cafe to check my emails, I thought I'd catch a bus into town to my favourite bookshop, which I haven't been to for a while. As I was waiting at the stop, I no longer felt like going into town. I even felt exhausted, which isn't like me at all. Why not go home and spend the afternoon reading or watching television instead?
As I was walking home I decided to explore the local area which led me to the canal. I happen to love walking down canals. I figured I could energise myself by walking down it for a while and then go home but my heart wasn't in it. Even the swans and birds on the canal that usually give me such joy weren't doing it for me. Time to head home.
When I arrived home, my mother was back from church and she was cooking dinner. I borrowed one of her books to read. While I was reading, she sat down and flicked through the TV guide.
"I see they're showing your favourite film in half an hour," she said.
"The Wizard of Oz."
"How wonderful! I can't wait to see it again."
Now it made sense why I hadn't felt like doing things I usually love - because Love wanted me to focus on another great love. In fact two days before, I reviewed an article I'd written, where I had cited the movie.
In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy runs away from home with her beloved dog, Toto, because she's afraid Toto will be taken away from her. On the way she meets Professor Marvel who talks her into returning home. On her way home, a cyclone is fast approaching. By the time she arrives home, her loved ones have already gone into a shelter. Dorothy seeks shelter in her bedroom. When the cyclone hits, a broken window hits Dorothy on the head leaving her unconscious. When she "wakes up" she finds herself sitting in bed and experience her house flying. She also notices people flying outside the window. When the house finally lands Dorothy finds herself in this magical world of good and bad witches, Munchkins, and everything is alive.
What Dorothy doesn't realise is that she is dreaming.
In the dream, Dorothy is anxious to get home to her beloved Aunty Em and Uncle Henry. She's advised by a good witch that the Wizard of Oz might be able to help her get home. All she has to do is follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City where the Wizard lives. On the way, Dorothy meets the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion who look very familiar to Dorothy, but she can't remember where she's seen them before. The reason why her new friends look very familiar is because they actually work at her farm. The three friends decide to accompany Dorothy to Oz as they are hoping the Wizard will help them find a brain, heart and courage respectively. The Wizard of Oz is no other than the Professor Dorothy had met in her waking state while she'd been running away.
To cut a long story short, the Wizard helps Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion realise that what they are seeking they already are. They simply have to believe in themselves. The good witch helps Dorothy realise an important lesson:
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! The Wizard of Oz Movie scriptDorothy wakes out of the dream by remembering that "there is no place like home."
Like Dorothy, when I went out looking for my heart's desires, my heart told me that my treasure for the day was right where I was.
At the end of the movie, the announcer said: "I bet you thought it was Christmas, didn't you?"
I knew what the announcer was getting at. They tend to show this film around Christmas or during holiday seasons. Why wait till Christmas to enjoy your heart's desires?
When I listen to my heart, every day is Christmas Day.
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