Who Needs The Wiz?!

31 Jul

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I watched The Wiz the other day. Anybody remember The Wiz? Remember how each character went off in search of their heart’s desire? The Scarecrow wanted a brain, the Tin Man wanted a heart, The Lion wanted courage, and Dorothy wanted the ability to get home. They followed the yellow brick road in search of the Wiz but found that he was fake. It was seem that their pilgrimage was in vain but, somehow, they still found exactly what they were seeking. They never would have found it had they not made following the yellow brick road their purpose.

As the dreamers walk away from reality with their wills set on making their dreams come true they are faced with a question: when everything around you is a vain, fading smoke…how do you know you’re on the right path?

You’ll know it by how it feels. The path to dreams is yellow brick road that appears when you make the decision to forsake reality. It will require the best of what you have and some of what you don’t. Your determination will push you to be whatever is needed to make that journey. Where does the road lead? Well to The Wiz, ofcourse. The funny part is that by the time you find him, you won’t need him like you think you do.

The thing about following the yellow brick road is that you set out on it to the find The Wiz because you’re certain that’s where dreams come from. You’re certain it’s money, material things, a romantic partner, a new location, a new job, or more education. You’re sure that if you can get The Wiz to give you all these things you will be able to make all your dreams cone true. It’s not until you begin the journey that you realize that everything you needed, you already had. Dreams live inside us. They don’t come from any external source. The people, resources, and challenges we meet externally serve only as a catalyst for what is dormant within us.

The journey isn’t for us to find our dreams. The journey is for us to learn how to pull them from inside us and make them real. Once Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Lion, and the Tin Man reached The Wiz they realized they’d already discovered those things for which they were searching.

As we make the exodus from who we are to we are meant to be, we discover that the path doesn’t move, it doesn’t change, and it doesn’t always look the way we think it would. But all of that is of minimal importance. What’s most important is our commitment to finding our dreams. Despite what the path may look like we must trust that thing inside us that knows: that makes it feel right. Then it will not matter whether the path leads to The Wiz or not. It will not matter what his capabilities are because the journey will have forced us to evolve into the creator of our own dreams.

Violet Ambitions are a means not an end.

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