Doug was traveling, it was the end to a relatively quiet, cold day and we had Kung Fu Panda, unopened on the coffee table, which had been sitting there for a few weeks now. I popped it into the DVD player and for the next 90 minutes, I was not only entertained, but dare I say somewhat moved by a movie that also captivates my 4 year old niece.
Have you ever seen Kung Fu Panda? If not, I highly recommend checking it out. No matter your age, no matter your gender, it's a movie that has a meaning in which I believe each one of us has searched high and low for at some point, if not often, in our lives: what is the secret ingredient to happiness, success, achievement?
The answer, which is so wonderfully depicted in the movie, is that there is no single answer. There is no secret ingredient to any of the adjectives mentioned above. The answer is found inside of you and the way in which you choose to see achievement, define success and find happiness lies within each of us.
Recently, it was shared with me that Dr. Suess was turned away from twenty-nine publishing companies before his first book, To Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street, was published in 1937. He wasn't published because he was a great poet or an award winning illustrator, but because he enjoyed what he was doing, believed in his product, and ultimately in himself enough to get up the next morning after hearing "no" yet again from another publishing house and go onto the next one.
Each one of us has our own unique gifts and our own spirit, bringing something positive to the world. Listen to that inner voice and believe it when it says "you're worth it!"