Learning From Oz
“Experience is the only thing that brings knowledge, and the longer you are on earth the more experience you are sure to get.” Qualities sought after by the characters Dorothy meets in the Wizard of Oz provide a framework for us to consider what makes up a well-rounded individual. Scarecrow seeks a brain, he wants greater wisdom and intelligence to help him down his journey. Tin Man wants a heart, he wishes to connect with and care for others but feels he cannot without a heart. Lion has no courage and seeks a gift from Oz to help face his fears.
Throughout the movie, each of these characters exhibit the trait they feel they are lacking. Although they think they don’t have it, their actions prove they are actually just not confident in having it. Scarecrow learns new things, Tin Man is sensitive and emotional, and Lion travels their journey facing scary moments and prevailing.
We have the characteristics we want inside of us. But we must practice these characteristics, train them like muscles. It’s excuse making to say “I’m not smart” or “I don’t have enough empathy for others.” Instead we should get busy practicing these qualities we seek to have as strengths. We all have the capacity to be wise, empathetic, courageous, and whatever else you choose to be. Just work at it!
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