Tuesday, November 28, 2006


Has anyone seen Happy Feet? At the beginning of the movie, all the newborn penguins are gathered together at school where they are told that each of them has to find their "heart-song". Each penguin has their own heart-song that only they know. It lies deep within each of them, waiting to be learned and sung to the world.

I love the concept of finding and expressing your heart-song because it is, quite frankly, true. Each of us is uniquely created with our own personality, special gifts and talents, and this wonderful life to live! Each of us also has a choice to live as our true selves or to live in hiding, not coming fully alive to all the joy and passion and dreams placed deep within our hearts. I think it is fear that keeps us from coming fully alive to all that we are created to be. Fear that we won't be liked. Fear that we'll be rejected. Fear that we'll make fools of ourselves.

Still, there is only one you. So why not kick fear in the butt and come alive? Share your true self with the world!

I'll close with this awesome quote by modern dance choreographer Martha Graham:

There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium; and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, not how it compares with other expression. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open....


ML said...

I haven't seen Happy Feet, but I love the premise behind the movie. Yes, I completely agree that we do have a choice to live as our true selves! Too many us of us are hiding who we truly are. I also believe that we think if we show who we truly are, we will be judged. I think that's the fear. But, being true to oneself and no amount of judgement will matter. That takes lot of inner strength.

beenzzz said...

It does take a lot of strength to be who you are. When I was younger I thought that being "cool" or super sweet was the way to go. The true me is actually quite harsh ( I have strong opinions). I'm a kind person though, but I can't hide that I have a harsher side. I really enjoyed this post. I also want to see Happy Feet now! :)

Ally Bean said...

"You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. "

I believe this is quite true. And I believe that our fast-paced society doesn't encourage us to be at all aware of who we are. We are suppossed to just blindly follow along on the path of consumption and greed, never getting to know ourselves.

Great post.