WHAT DO FOUR SQUIRRELS AND PETER PAN HAVE IN COMMON?
Title: WHAT DO FOUR SQUIRRELS AND PETER PAN HAVE IN COMMON?
I grew up watching the movie Peter Pan (and Hook), and all I wanted to do was FLY.
I daydreamed of soaring high above life and seeing it like a bird. Pure freedom.
I’m sure we all admire the idea of being boundless.
WE ALL WANT TO FLY.
But Peter Pan sold us a pipe dream.
He said we never had to grow up and all you have to do is think happy thoughts and you can fly. That's all. Just think happy thoughts and boom, you can fly.
Now that sounds like a hell of a deal, but that is not life.
It is important to have a positive outlook, but merely thinking happy thoughts isn't enough.
If you have 4 squirrels sitting on a tree branch, and three of them decide to jump off the tree, run through the park and grab the acorns on the other side of the field...how many squirrels are left on the tree branch???
Anyone... I’ll wait…
The answer is four squirrels.
DECIDING to do something isn't the same as DOING IT.
Thinking happy thoughts is not enough for us to soar and fly; we need to ACT.
Marketing and media love to tell us that life is like Peter Pan.
• Buy this product and you get to have this.
• Take this pill, and you can get that.
• These clothes make you attractive...this car or house makes you desirable and successful...
While we know that isn't true, it is good to remind us just how bogus that is. I need to be reminded of that because regardless of how much I want to be Peter Pan, I AM NOT PETER PAN.
I cannot think happy thoughts and expect that alone to allow me to fly above my circumstances or obstacles.
We must Act. When the positive thoughts tag-team with the decision to be a person of ACTION:
• We can conquer our fears, destroy our insecurity, and overcome our hardships.
• We can find acceptance and peace and serenity...
If we suit up, show up, and do the work, with consistency and tenacity...we can fly.
The beauty of flight will not come in a pill, a drink, a sexual encounter, a new set of clothes, that new 10 hour Netflix binge session, a new Lamborghini...the change will come inside when we put the work in.
I AM NOT PETER PAN. YOU ARE NOT PETER PAN. But we can be people of action and soar above the difficulties of life.