Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Finding Nemo - Dory's Guide to Life

"In the long run the pessimist may be proved right, but the optimist has a better time on the trip."
Daniel L. Reardon

When I came across this quote, I was reminded of one of my all-time favorite movie characters, Dory, from Finding Nemo. Now, this is a good movie. Not only is it fantastic animation and a wonderful children's film, this is a movie we can all enjoy. Dory is the memory challenged side kick to one of the main characters, Marlin. He is the classic worrier. For the entire movie he is fearful and anxious, always anticipating the negative. Dory, on the other hand, is this goofy, free spirited, and a bit lost, soul. She has a heart of gold, but one of her strongest traits is her view toward the world. She just goes with the flow and makes the best of where she is in her journey. In the story, you can see that Dory has gone through hard times. She is alone and a bit sad, but she keeps plugging-and keeps hoping.

Throughout the movie you watch as Marlin and Dory go through trials and adventures, everything from sharks to sea turtles to jelly fish to fishing nets. Somehow, they get through, both the good and the bad. Marlin is riddled with anxiety, waiting for the worst and anticipating not getting through each trial. Dory, on the other hand, just keeps "swimming." Initially, she appears the simpleton. But by movies end, it's Marlin who has learned valuable lessons from Dory about the simplicity and strength in not being controlled by fear.

You have to laugh at Dory. She is so silly. But as you watch her on screen, you can't help but take a little peek in the mirror and wonder - who am I most like? Am I more Dory or Marlin? Do I go through life living in fear, anticipating the worst or do I go with the flow? Lets face it, most of the things we worry about one day are gone the next. Maybe Dory is the wise one after all. She seems to understand that problems do get solved and worrying about them doesn't necessarily help. When in the belly of the whale, Marlin and Dory both landed safely out the blowhole, but Dory saw the exit as a roller coaster while Marlin cowered in fear. This week, look at your life and your attitude toward the world around you. Can you go with the flow and enjoy the adventure? Can you learn from Dory and let go of some of your fear? Life is a roller coaster, it's up to you if you are going to let the ride terrify or electrify you!

Good luck, have a great week and try and enjoy the ride!

Make the moment happen!


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