Archive for Human Emotion

Who Moved My House?

In Return Of The Wiz, Dorothy faces change at each turn. First when she arrives she expects that she can make a simple phone call to have a limo take her home. She comes to find that she must accept various levels of change in her process to go home. The Munchkins lead her to “The Wiz,” finding the Wiz only leads her to another level of change, she must now defeat Evillous to gain her passage home. I know Dorothy must have been saying, “Who Moved My House? At every turn she had to make a decision wither her goal to go home was more important then the steps and trails she had to go through in order to achieve her ultimate goal.

Most people may recognize this term related to the story, “Who Moved My Cheese.” The following reference is provided by Wikipedia.

Who Moved My Cheese? features four characters; two mice, “Sniff” and “Scurry”, and two little people, miniature humans in essence, “Hem” and “Haw”, live in a maze, a representation of one’s environment, and look for cheese, representative of happiness and success. Initially without cheese, each group, the mice and humans paired off, travel the lengthy corridor searching for cheese. One day both groups happen upon a cheese-filled corridor in “Cheese Station C”. Content with their find, the humans establish routines around their daily intake of cheese slowly becoming arrogant in the process.

One day Sniff and Scurry arrive at Cheese Station C to find no cheese left but they are not surprised. Noticing the cheese supply dwindling, they have mentally prepared for the arduous, but inevitable task of finding more cheese beforehand. Leaving Cheese Station C behind, they begin their hunt for new cheese together. Later that day, Hem and Haw arrive at Cheese Station C only to find the same thing, no cheese. Angered and annoyed, Hem demands “who moved my cheese?”. Unprepared, the humans have counted on the cheese supply to be constant. After verifying that the cheese is indeed gone and ranting at the unfairness of the situation, both head home hungry. Returning the next day, Hem and Haw find the same cheeseless station. Beginning to realize the situation at hand, Haw proposes a search for new cheese, but Hem, dead set in his victimized mindset, nixes the proposal.

Meanwhile, Sniff and Scurry have found “Cheese Station N”, a new supply of cheese. Back at Cheese Station C, Hem and Haw, affected by their lack of cheese, blame each other for their predicament. Hoping to change, Haw again proposes a search for new cheese. Hem however, comforted by his old routine and afraid of the unknown, again knocks down the idea. After many days in denial, including a search for cheese behind the wall of Cheese Station C, the humans remain without cheese. One day, realizing his debilitating fear, Haw begins laughing at the situation. Realizing he should move on, Haw enters the maze, but not before chiseling “If You Do Not Change, You Can Become Extinct” on the wall of Cheese Station C for his friend to ponder.

Still fearful of his trek, Haw jots “What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid?” on the wall and, after thinking about it, begins his journey. Still with worry, perhaps he has waited too long to begin his search, Haw finds some scattered cheese and continues his search. Slowly losing his denial, Haw realizes that the cheese has not suddenly disappeared, but has dwindled from continual eating, and that the older cheese was not as tasty and had been moldy. After a let down, an empty cheese station, Haw begins worrying about the unknown again. Brushing aside his fears, Haw’s new mindset allows him to again enjoy life; he has even begun to smile again and is realizing “when you move beyond your fear, you feel free.” After another empty cheese station, Haw decides to go back for Hem with the few bits of new cheese he has managed to find.

Uncompromising, Hem turns away the new cheese to his friend’s dismay. With knowledge acquired along the way, Haw heads back into the maze. Still going deeper into the maze, impelled by bits of new cheese here and there, Haw leaves a trail of writings on the wall, hopeful that his friend will be aided by them in his search for new cheese. Still traveling, Haw one day comes across Cheese Station N. Abundant with cheese, some varieties strange to him, he has found what he is looking for. After eating, Haw reflects on his experience. Pondering a return to his old friend, Haw decides to let Hem find his own way. Finding the largest wall in Cheese Station N, he writes:

Change Happens
They Keep Moving The Cheese
Anticipate Change
Get Ready For The Cheese To Move
Monitor Change
Smell The Cheese Often So You Know When It Is Getting Old
Adapt To Change Quickly
The Quicker You Let Go Of Old Cheese, The Sooner You Can Enjoy New Cheese
Change
Move With The Cheese
Enjoy Change!
Savor The Adventure And Enjoy The Taste Of New Cheese!
Be Ready To Change Quickly And Enjoy It Again & Again
They Keep Moving The Cheese.

Cautious from past experience, Haw inspects Cheese Station N daily and explores different parts of the maze to prevent complacency from setting in. After hearing movement in the maze one day, Haw realizes someone is approaching the station. Unsure, Haw hopes that it is his friend Hem who has found the way.

In essence, in order to really be free to live our lives to “Go Home,” we must let go of the fears that we have inside, accept change, and allow ourselves the freedom to learn lessons along the way.

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Don’t Take My Heart!

What if someone took away your heart? You would stop breathing and die. Think about what makes you happy, what wakes you up in the morning, what brings purpose to your life? Think about who/what motivates you to be more than you are. That’s your heart. If someone takes away your heart then you might as well die, because without your heart, you can never truly live.

In Return Of The Wiz, Dorothy is a bratty materialistic 22-year old. She expects to be pampered with the finest clothes, jewelery, and shoes. Although her parents came from humble beginnings, Dorothy Marlene grew up in wealth and prosperity. Dorothy has no true reality of who she is, all she can identify with is her material possessions.

We see it everyday in Hollywood, in film, entertainment, sports and the lifestyles of the rich and famous. They live a lavish life, but have you ever wondered what would happen if they lost it all? What would become of them? How would they react to loosing the very thing that makes them popular culture icons?

They would realize a very harsh reality; all I have left is me. They had everything they ever wanted, the materialistic possession defined who they were. Apart from their materialistic possessions they are mere shallow shells of the person who they are really meant to be. Until they come to the end of themselves, material possessions, will forever take the place of their heart.

Finding The Courage

In Return Of The Wiz, Lion is a cowardly character from the Congo. He was born to be strong, courageous and fearless, yet he was afraid of his own shadow. The very strength that he was made to possess is the weakness that held him back from being who he was meant to be the great and mighty Lion of the Congo. Every person deep down inside knows they were made for a specific purpose. But, we find the very strength that we possess can also hinder us from moving forward and keep us trapped in fear so we never move into our purpose.

When we were born into this world we arrived with an invisible backpack that included all the qualities that make-up the inner strengths and qualities that we already possess. We should never fear the qualities that we possess because those are the vary qualities that brings purpose and meaning to our life.

If you ever find yourself fearing a task that’s ahead of you, search within your invisible backpack of personal qualities and pull out your greatest strengths and be A LION!

Life After Death

In Return Of The Wiz, Dorothy Marlene witness the death of her parents. She is left alone with her dog Toto and forced to face their death by honoring their wishes to have their remains sprinkled over the Hudson.  Have you ever gone through a trauma that shocked you so much you life existence shut down? Here’s a story you may identify with. We welcome your comments.

I Lost Both My Parents Within 9 Months-By Kathi Stauffer

My father passed away June 28th 1998 on my 45th birthday. After he passed away I took my 81 year old mother to live with me and my family she had Alzhiemers. I took total care of her 24 hours a day 7 days a week with no help. My husband told my dad that if anything happened to him we would care for my mom, he wasn’t to worry. I kept my mother with us for 6 long months, some days I thought I would go crazy. January 15 my mother fell on the ice and fractured her wrist, I decided that it was time I made a decision to place her in a nursing home. The hardest decision I have ever had to make in my life. I chose a nursing home nearby so I could visit frequently. She adjusted so well in her new home I was finally happy for her. Her worst fear was being alone, in the home she was never alone. March 8th I got a phone call in the wee hours of the morning from a nurse, saying my mom was headed for the hospital, she was having trouble breathing. I was called later to inform me that mom suffered from congestive heart failure and artial fibrullation, The same thing my dad had.

I was shocked. My mother never recovered, she went back to the nursing home, there they did everything possible for her. I stayed by my mothers side as long as they would let me. She lay in an almost comatose state for three weeks. April 6 my mother left us to be with my daddy. My brother and myself were with her the whole day, I kept telling her not to be afraid and that she should go with dad. I couldn’t tell her enough how very much I loved her and wanted her suffering to end. 3:45 April 6 my mom took her last breath, I was holding her hand, I told her to ‘run’ to dad. The funeral was beautiful, she loved pink and red, so the inside of her casket was a baby pink, I chose a lovely outfit for her that complimented the pink lining beautifully. She looked so peaceful I could almost see her breathing. I am now trying to pick up the pieces of my life, I have spent the last 3 years of my life caring for my mother and dad, I almost don’t know where to begin. All I do know is that after being married for 58 years my mom and dad are together again, and very happy. I am so very sad but at the same time I am thrilled they are happy again. I will see them again some day. I went to bed the night my mom died, with a smile on my face picturing them together.

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