Hi ho, Hi ho, its off to work we go……. A very famous and haunting song from my childhood, these seven little men happily bouncing off to work in a mine, with pick axes and shovels in hand. At the time I thought everyone would be happy to go off to work each day and come back to the beautiful lady with dinner on the table in the evening. Snow White and my mum were interchangeable, or one and the same in my mind. Always a meal on the table, a smile on her face and singing a song.
From 1934 to the 21st December, 1937 Walt Disney gambled his whole life, house, family and reputation on Snow White being a success, most movie buffs thought he was mad, what adults are ever going to want to watch a cartoon! Wow did he prove them wrong, and as they say…….. “the rest is history.” Walt’s vision and belief in his vision have become one of the longest, far reaching trade names for nearly eight decades. The stories are still enchanting young and old as much today as they did way back when. Unlike Snow White and her devoted dwarfs and her handsome prince who never age, unfortunately we do! As we mature so do our beliefs, habits and behaviours; or do they?
“Clear your plate, it is a sin to waste food.” Was a given phrase in my childhood, not just my parents, my grandmother, aunts, uncles and even older cousins, living through the rationing and hunger of WWII would all reinforce the food must be eaten slogan; and just like the Snow White happy fluffy world, this message got ingrained into my psyche too. Unlike the happy, bouncy Snow White this one was to cause me many years or heartache, pain, guilt and feeling of letting my parents down; before I learnt that the world had changed and I needed to change my thinking to go along with it. The world was not going to stop, I was not going to be struck down because I leave food on my plate, in fact it became my challenge to leave something, just because I could.
Old habits tie us to old beliefs, learning that we can clear them out when we no longer need them, just like we get around to clearing out the drawers, cupboards, garage and even handbags is a way of moving forward. If it no longer fits your needs, or you are now different, change it. The great thing about this is, all our habits are learnt, so they be unlearnt and replaced. It is an excuse when we say, “well that is just the way I am,” no it is not it is the way you are choosing to be, so change the choice, change the habit and get a different outcome.
Make a list of your habits, then read through them and see if there are not one or two that you can change today. We can’t be eternal like Snow White, but neither do our habits need to be.