From the 1939 MGM Wizard of Oz script:
Dorothy: I don’t like this forest! It’s – it’s dark and creepy!
Scarecrow: Of course, I don’t know, but I think it’ll get darker before it gets lighter.
Dorothy: Do – do you suppose we’ll meet any wild animals?
Tin Man: Mmmm – we might.
Dorothy: Oh –
Scarecrow: Animals that – that eat straw?
Tin Man: A – some – but mostly lions and tigers and bears.
Scarecrow: And tigers!
Tin Man: And bears!
Dorothy: Oh! Lions, and tigers and bears! Oh, – my –
Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man: Lions and tigers and bears!
Dorothy: Oh My!
Scarecrow: Oh, look!
Lion: Hah! Put ’em up! Put ’em – up! Which one of you first? I’ll fight you both together, if you want.
You know how this wonderful movie proceeds and ends. Dorothy and her friends travel an adventure to find the wizard of oz. Along the way they encounter the wicked witch of the east and some interesting characters. Dorothy wants to go home, the scarecrow needs a brain, the tin man wants a heart and the cowardly lion desperately needs courage. All this sounds very familiar in our lives; things we need, things we want, places we want to go to.
As we journey on the yellow brick road through the forest known as life, there are many obstacles we can be afraid of and can hurt us. But in the end these complications can be good for us, they help us understand, and they improve us. My lions, tigers and bears are my lists, tables and bullet points.
I need my lists, tables and bullet points, they help me stay on track and be organized, by sticking to them I accomplish tasks, projects and they help me move forward – this improves me. When staying on track I have a sense of pride and feel good about myself. Staying organized is very important for me; it helps keep me stable and provides me the opportunity to take one more step closer to the wizard of oz.
But when I do not meet the expectations of my lists, tables and bullet points, it causes stress and I become frustrated and frightened. Just like the wicked witch of the east, the frustration distracts me from my yellow brick road. I am at times fearful to move forward due to my lack of expectations of myself. I have the brain and a heart to help with the brief detour, but sometimes I lack the courage. On the outside I appear tough like the lion, but on the inside courage is sometimes needed.
The lists, tables and bullet points will help me back to where I want to be. Back on my yellow brick road to my final destination – home!