I was introduced to The Lorax a few weeks ago at Blissdom, and many of my friends even got their picture taken with the little orange guy, but I passed.
I was a little late in seeing the movie, took me a while to get hubby to go see a cartoon movie with no kids at home anymore! I finally achieved that this weekend.
I know a lot of people have talked about the references to the environment, and even comments about the overgrowth of the government from The Lorax. And I will admit, Dr Seuss had a way of using his kids’ stories to share deeper messages.
What really struck me, however, were a couple of sayings that had more to do with moral character, than the environment.
The first was from a song they sang. “You can’t reap what you don’t sow”.
Now many of us have heard the saying (which has its basis in the Bible) “You reap what you sow”, but the opposite was sang in the song, and it really struck me.
You can’t reap what you don’t sow.
* I won’t lose weight and feel better if I don’t exercise and eat healthier.
* I won’t feel more relaxed and composed if I don’t learn to relax and meditate and let things go.
* I won’t have a better relationship with my husband if I don’t put in the effort to spend meaningful time with him.
The second phrase was made by the Lorax:
“A tree falls the way it leans. Be careful which way you lean.”
There was a great deal of meaning in the movie when he said this, as he was referring to the young man and the decisions he was preparing to make.
The way I see it is this, you will act in the direction you are already headed.
If you are leaned toward the wrong direction, it will be nearly impossible to make the right choices.
Make sure that you are leaning toward the direction you truly want to go.
By leaning in the right direction, even small moves will get you closer to where you want to be.