I have a problem. My 7 year old can attest to the fact that I cry easily. Sometimes too easily.
Our family ventured out to see the new Disney-Pixar movie Monster’s University. I really enjoyed the first one (come to think of it I think that one made me cry too…), and was kind of excited for the prequel.
The movie started with a great Pixar animated short. If you have kids you know what I’m talking about. The thing about these animated shorts is that they prime me up for emotion. They get the juices flowing. Prep the waterworks. Don’t get me wrong, I love them, but sometimes I think they do it on purpose.
Anyway, the movie starts off great, with a little prehistory with Mike (green eyeball) as a kid. Of course this is prep work to get you going.
His goal in life is the be a ‘scarer’, an important job in the monster world. So he enrolls as the best school with the best scare program. He the brains and he ends up meeting the brawn (Sully, blue furry guy).
I won’t give the details of the movie, because you need to see it for yourself, but let me paraphrase for you.
At first Mike and Sully are enemies, total opposites. Everything Mike has, Sully doesn’t and everything Sully has, Mike doesn’t.
Immediately I thought of my marriage. Eric and I are total opposites. We have a few common interests, but our personalities are fairly polar.
Then Mike and Sully find themselves in a competition as a team. At first they try to win on their own, and it doesn’t work at all. The more they try to succeed on their own the worse they do.
Whenever I think that I can handle the weight of everything for our family I get overly stressed. Granted I used to be a single mom, so at one point I was able to handle it all, but now with my health issues (fibro and ?, plus 6 kids) I really can’t do it all.
Sometimes I just get it in my head that my way is best. This is so not true. My way does not need to be defined as the ‘right’ way. Really anything that I don’t really want to do myself I need to just not care how it gets done and just be happy that it got done at all.
In the end they figure out that working together and playing on their differences not only makes their friendship better but it also makes them super productive.
My husband is pretty good at knowing what his weaknesses and my strengths are, but me? Not so much. I sometimes forget that I have weak spots. A lot of them.
It’s good to be reminded of that!
Apparently I don’t have to look far for inspiration (last week it was Superman), but I’m glad that I can get those easy reminders too
How About You?
Do you know your weaknesses? And don’t go job interviewing it by turning a weakness into a strength!
Do you have anyone who balances you our?
Can you see them as having strengths?
Still Time to Help Panama!
I may have all of my funding, but there are many who still need help to get there! Putting on a conference of this size takes a lot of people, and money! Please help by making a donation
If you have no idea what I’m talking about, check out these posts about why I’m going and what I’ll be doing.
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See you next time!