Life Lessons from Movies- Wizard of Oz

Although movies are intended for entertainment, it is amazing how many life lessons can be drawn from them when you dig deep. This week Imagine Hope is sharing some great lessons we have found through movies we've enjoyed. The Wizard of Oz

To be honest, this movie still makes me feel a little anxious! As a kid, I had big time fears of the wicked witch. I clearly remember times I would leave the room when someone was watching it, but ask them to be sure to call me in when she was "melting". I needed that visual picture in my head that my fear was gone!

That being said, even in the midst of my fear, I have found a powerful life lesson! Dorothy was on a mission to get home. She could see Oz in the distance when she was in Munchkin land, but had a long journey to travel to get there. Her journey served her well, as she met friends, conquered fears, and gathered info to help her defeat the enemy. Had she taken a helicopter to Oz from Munchkin land, she would have missed out on all of that.

We can learn a lot from Dorothy's journey, as we embrace that we have goals in our lives and have to travel a journey to get there. At times we might wish to have a helicopter or quick fix, but just like Dorothy we might NEED to experience things along the way to give us tools for our future and/ or friendships and supports along the way. Rushing things could cause us to miss out on the experience of the journey. Even in adversity, we find that the pressure can refine us and give us necessary skills in life we might not have ever learned otherwise.

Slow down and walk on your yellow brick road.  After all you might miss out on some life changing experiences!

Keep reading this week for other awesome lessons from It's a Wonderful Life, The Princess Bride and more!

Written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC

Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.