Reflection

Lessons from Olaf

I have to admit something…I don’t watch a lot of movies.  Unless of course you count re-watching Legally Blonde 73 times.  And I rarely watch movies in the theatre, because most of the time it just turns into an expensive nap!  But I finally went to see Frozen in the $3 theatre by my house and enjoyed finally getting to see the movie that has people everywhere loudly declaring, “Let It Go!”

I’m sure there are lots of life lessons that could be extrapolated from the storylines of Elsa, Anna or Kristoff, but my biggest takeaway came from Olaf!  So today I’m going to share what I learned from Olaf…

Olaf wants to be a snowman enjoying everything summer has to offer, but the harsh reality is that if Olaf ventures onto the beaches of summer, he will cease to exist!  And that’s when it hit me like a Mac truck…what we want isn’t always good for us.

I recently saw this on Pinterest from one of my favorite authors, Mandy Hale, The Single Woman

TSW Quote | Girl on the Move Blog

What Olaf fails to realize, Mandy does. It can be really easy for me to get caught up in thinking about the things I wish I had in life, but what if those things that I want wouldn’t actually be good for me?  Maybe achieving a certain status, getting a particular job, reaching certain goals would take away from my character or prevent me from discovering the life I am supposed to be living.

I’m not suggesting that we all just walk away from the things we want.  I am a huge believer in chasing dreams and living a big and scary life outside of your comfort zone, so I don’t think we should walk away from what we want at all.  I am however suggesting that we really take the time to think about the things we are chasing, and consider whether they are actually good for us.

And if not, maybe it’s time to pursue a new dream.

Have you ever pursued a dream and then realized it wasn’t good for you?

 

15 Comments

  • Shelly

    I may still be the only person who has still NOT watched Frozen 😐 I’m a firm believer in “everything happens for a reason.” The good, bad and ugly. At the time we may not know what that reason it, but then one day, you finally find the silver lining.

  • Madaline

    I so. so. needed this today. I spend a lot of time thinking about things that I really (ReALLY!) want – without thinking of the implications. I think of going back to work (in fashion) – forgetting that the hours are awful and would be terrible with a baby!!!

    • jmdenouden@gmail.com

      Always good to know that I’m not the only one that needs to hear this reminder…even if it has to come from a snowman lol!

  • Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

    Well, this was absolutely fabulous!

    How often do we want something that we may not even realize isn’t good for us. We have to trust that God will know what is and isn’t good and ask Him to direct our paths accordingly.

    Thanks so much for sharing (and for linking up to the SHINE Blog Hop).

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo

  • Ana Lynn

    I went after something wanted and it turned out to be the best thing that happened to me. However, that came after I followed my gut. When I was younger and went after something I thought I wanted it turned out to be a very unpleasant experience. But since I have one good thing out of that bad experience so all is well.

  • Farrah

    This is my life RIGHT NOW. I’ve always told friends searching for boyfriends or girlfriends that they would find the perfect person if only they would stop trying. Yet it has taken me three years to take my own advice in terms of finding my perfect career. My new goal is to let go and see where living life takes me 🙂

  • Tiffany

    What a great take away from a really awesome movie and character! My whole family loves this movie…for good reason. I think Olaf had many lessons to teach and I know some of them are reaching not only my Kiddies but me as well…

  • Brittany

    Olaf is my favorite. If you look up awesome in the dictionary, you will find a picture of Olaf. After reading this post, I realize this might be because I have a lot in common with Olaf. I tend to be drawn to things that might not be the best for me. Over time, I’ve learned to seek God’s will instead of charging ahead. I have a vision and I take small steps towards it, always listening along the way for guidance. But, as Olaf says, “Some people are worth melting for.” 🙂

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