We recently saw the movie “Saving Mr. Banks” based on the true events surrounding the making of the movie “Mary Poppins”. After we saw the movie I googled the author of the book Mary Poppins and was fascinated. While I’m sure her story is supposed to be the main focus of this movie, I found myself very keyed in to the story of Walt Disney himself. To wait twenty years to get permission for the rights for this special book, as a promise to his young daughter – takes tenacity, patience and yes, courage.
The author, P.L. Travers was shown as difficult, picky and snobbish. She insisted on every session being recorded so there would be no misunderstanding of exactly what she wanted. She blocked many of the creative moves of Disney’s writers and musicians, and it was a very slow process to get her to agree to the movie.
Walt Disney, portrayed by a very talented Tom Hanks – was a man of high ideals, quick mind and tons of creativity. He was also used to getting his way. But he knew what he wanted and he could see it completed in his mind years before it was ever a hit musical.
I love dreamers. It takes courage – real courage to look defeat in the face and hear “NO” said over and over again, yet not falter in either belief or commitment. Disney was a dreamer. Not just the kind to dream his life away with nothing to show for it. But a man of principle and blind faith in dreams coming true. I want to be that kind of dreamer. With that kind of courage. To see beyond my present circumstances in life. To know that there is something better for all those friends and family of mine who are struggling with health, hopelessness or grief. Enough faith to never doubt again.
This is my prayer: “Lord shine your light in this dark world and the deep dark crevices of my mind. Help me to see beyond with childlike faith. To believe and stand firm. When life throws me a few curves and I am tempted to doubt, have self-pity and give in to negative – give me YOUR strength to have courage and stand tall. Even through the storms of life, even when everyone makes light of my dreams or says NO over and over – help me to keep hanging on to the dreams that are from you. To know when to hold on and when to let go – and the courage to know the difference.” (with apologies to the serenity prayer)
Amen and God Bless