On New Year’s Day I went to see the movie “The Greatest Showman” with Hugh Jackman. It’s loosely (and I mean very, very loosely) the story about how P.T. Barnum followed his heart and inspiration to bring the circus to life. (I have heard that in real life he was quite the jerk, so Jackman did him some service here.)
Anyhoo, if you have not seen it, it’s a MUST see in my book.
I do confess, I have a certain fondness for the circus as I was a circus performer in college - it will always hold a special place in my heart - but that is besides the point.
First of all, for a musical, it’s rare that I love ALL the songs. However, the music ROCKED, literally.
Secondly, from a soul lesson and wisdom perspective, there were several brilliant messages:
1. Follow your gut, go after your dreams. Being unfulfilled in your work in the world will drain the life out of you faster than a sinking ship.
2. Unresolved childhood issues of not feeling “good enough” and wanting to “prove” self can often lead you down a path of forgetting what is actually real and important.
The quest for MORE just keeps you stuck in the cycle of actually feeling like LESS until you redefine your worth. And when you make choices from this place of "less", well, you probably know what you get.
(If this sounds like you, I invite you to come work with me to start off 2018 on a very different foot - let’s chat.)
3. You have a choice to filter your judgments (yes, we all do it) through a negative light or a positive light. Some may view P.T. Barnum’s vision of building a show around the “unique” and “unusual” human form (bearded lady, siamese twins, etc.) as exploitation.
But if you look at it from a “filling a basic human need” perspective, Barnum gave these individuals a sense of purpose… a home where they could be themselves and shine versus being hidden as “embarrassments”.
What matters is how THEY perceived the opportunity Barnum presented. And they decided it was "family".
4. EVERYONE is gifted. It doesn’t matter what you look like. EVERYONE is gifted and is divinely unique at soul-level. EVERYONE has a purpose and an important message to share. Ignoring, or not knowing this, is a travesty.
5. Finding that life partner that loves you no matter, that supports whatever dreams you have, that you can fully trust, is PRICELESS. I see so many people settling for less, or staying in unhappy relationships for the “sake” of others. Travesty #2.
I'm a firm believer that it's better to be in a relationship with yourself than be with someone that is only somewhat supportive.
Needless to say, I walked away feeling inspired and motivated to be who I am. To show up as ME, my perceived flaws and all.