~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
One of my favorite movies of all time is The Wizard of Oz. The story encapsulates all the principle elements of what I call Positive Adaptation.
You probably know the story line; a girl named Dorothy finds herself in a situation she neither knows how she got into nor how to get out from. She is told to follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Land of Oz where she will find the "all knowing, all powerful Wizard of Oz". Once there, he will provide the solution to her problem. Sound familiar?
Dorothy heads out on a fantastic journey where she meets three guides. They want to help her find her way home and hope the Wizard can help them too. The Scarecrow wants a brain, (think), Tin Man wants a heart, (feel), and the Lion wants courage, (do).
The Wicked Witch of the West wants what Dorothy has, the Ruby Slippers. She does everything within her power to get the Ruby Slippers from Dorothy before she can reach the Wizard. The wicked witch fails and the group returns victorious to Oz, feeling empowered and worthy of the Wizard's help.
Once there, they discover the Wizard is not really a wizard at all, but merely a human being. Still, he is able to help the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion. He points out, as shown by their own actions, they already possess within them, what is they were searching for.
And then there is Dorothy; happy for her friends but still not sure how she will get what she wants, to find her way home.
Poof! Glinda, the Good Witch of the North appears and explains to Dorothy that she has also had the ability with her the entire time, represented by the Ruby Slippers. She needed only to know it and to learn how to use them. Remember....click your heals together three times?
Dorothy and her Ruby Slippers remind us that other people can help us but we must not rely solely upon them to 'fix' us or to 'make us' happy. We need to continue on our own paths using our guides of thinking, feeling and doing. We must maintain the self assurance that we already possess within us what it takes to get 'better' and be 'happier' and have the willingness to seek it.
Try living Positive Adaptation and you too will discover you have your own pair of 'Ruby Slippers'. You can learn how to use them and achieve your own 'hearts desire'