My husband thought I was losing my mind. I rented the original Mary Poppins movie from 1964. I watched Mary Poppins clips on YouTube. I danced around the house singing “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “Chim Chim Cheree.”
No. I wasn’t losing my mind. I was immersing myself in a sense of curiosity and enthusiasm, welcoming another creative tool into my life to help myself (and others.)
It all started on a Monday a few weeks ago in my Inner Circle Sisterhood. Monday is our Pick-A-Card Day. I post the back image of a few cards on our private Facebook group, and each beacon chooses a card that represents a message she is meant to receive for the week. In the evening, I reveal the messages that correspond with the images they chose.
That week, I posted images of hats, and each woman in our sisterhood chose a hat she was ready to wear for the week. Laura, one of our amazing beacons, named a cheerful, colorful hat after Mary Poppins, which led the group to a fun conversation around Mary Poppins and what she represents. It seemed natural to turn Mary Poppins into our topic for April.
Here is just a taste of the magical wisdom we’ve received from her so far this month…
Lesson 1 from Mary Poppins: Snap, and make things sweeter!
In one of the movie’s most popular songs, “A Spoonful of Sugar,” Mary Poppins sings:
In every job that must be done
There is an element of fun
You find the fun and snap!
The job’s a game
And every task you undertake
Becomes a piece of cake
A lark! A spree! It’s very clear to see that
A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down…
I am not advising you in any way to eat a spoonful of sugar. If you look at the words of this song metaphorically, you realize that by raising your vibration and shifting energetically, you can bring more fun to your job and turn life into a game.
Even if you are not in love with your job, you can still bring playfulness and fun into it…or even take a short break to do something fun. Listen to a fun song. Dance for 5 minutes. Make art for 5 minutes. In other words, you have the power to change the outcome if you develop a more positive—a “sweeter”—state of mind and bring fun into your day.
Lesson 2 from Mary Poppins: Reconnect with your childlike self. Play, fly and soar.
Did you know that “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” is the most listened to song from Mary Poppins?
With tuppence for paper and strings,
You can have your own set of wings
With your feet on the ground
You’re a bird in a flight
With your fist holding tight
To the string of your kite
Oh oh oh
Let’s go fly a kite
Up to the highest height
Let’s go fly a kite and send it soaring…
When is the last time you flew a kite? I know…me neither! One of the lessons to be learned from the story of Mary Poppins is that life can be easier and more fun if we laugh, sing, dance, and play more. Even adults deserve to play!
Metaphorically, this song not only represents playfulness but also reminds us that we can always choose to fly.
What does “flying” mean to you? Does it mean stepping out of your comfort zone and taking risks? Does it mean spreading your spiritual wings? Or maybe rising, soaring, and reaching your potential?
Lesson 3 from Mary Poppins: Add wonder, magic, and imagination to life.
There is a sense of magic, wonder, and imagination that emerges naturally when you watch Mary Poppins. When was the last time you had an awe-inspiring moment that made you say “WOW!”? When was the last time you allowed curiosity to lead you on your path?
These three words:
Write them down with colorful marker on your bathroom mirror or your kitchen bulletin board. Ask yourself every day: How can I bring more wonder, more magic, and more imagination into today?
Inspired by Mary Poppins, I found myself taking “wonder breaks” in the last few weeks to gaze out the window at a tree or a bird or look at the clouds and imagine them in different forms. I started carrying an imaginary magic bag and asking myself what trick I could pull out to help me deal with stressful situations.
You could wonder instead of worry?
You could imagine instead of fear?
You could play a magic trick and change your attitude, your reaction, or your approach on the spot?
When we feel drained or overwhelmed, we need to honor how we feel, but we also need to deliberately shift to a higher level of energy when we can.
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It is our sacred responsibility to continuously uplift ourselves energetically so we can light the path for ourselves and others.