Mary Poppins’ Guidelines For New Year’s Resolutions

When I was a kid, I thought I would grow up and become a nanny. This had nothing to do with wanting to care for children.  I was not a child who played house or collected baby dolls.   I also was not having a premonition about becoming a yoga teacher that would provide a service from her heart. Wanting to become a nanny had everything to do with the fact that I loved the movie Mary Poppins. What I really wanted to do was fly around with an umbrella. I used to dress up in what I thought was a precise facsimile of Mary Poppins and practice jumping off the kitchen table. In the movie the 2 children make a list of the qualities they’d like in a nanny.

As an adult, watching the Mary Poppins movie evokes a different reaction.  There are wonderful life lessons to be found in the movie. Although not a classic winter holiday movie, some of the lessons to be found in Mary Poppins can help us get through the often self destructive ritual of establishing New Year resolutions.

Much of Mary Poppin’s advice, throughout the movie, is about finding balance: taking your medicine, but adding the sugar that makes it tolerable; working hard, but making it fun. Her advice on setting goals is no different. These two guidelines for setting and achieving New Year resolutions are best approached in balance with each other.

  1. Set a positive, affirmative resolution. Ensure that your desire is coming from your soul rather than your ego. Then let the universe take care of the rest.

Early In the movie the 2 children, speaking from their souls, create a list of the qualities they’d like to have in a nanny. The list doesn’t match their father’s priorities so he tears up the paper and throws it in the fire.  At that exact moment a wind comes and picks up the pieces of paper and floats them to Mary Poppins who finds the family and becomes their nanny. Of course, she meets and exceeds everything the children had hoped for.

Setting a resolution, investing all of yourself into your desire means investing in the process of achieving what you want.  It’s then important to let go of the end result allowing the universe to pick it up and see it through will bring you to your highest potential.

2.  Thinking about what you want will only get you so far.  There comes a time when you need to take the leap.

On a cold, rainy day, Mary Poppins takes her charges to the park.  On the sidewalk they see colorful chalk drawings of a summer in the country.  The young girl stands before a drawing of a beautiful sunny and says, “I’d much rather go there.” Hand in hand they find the trust and jump into the picture.  Their leap of faith is rewarded with a summer day in the country, dancing penguins, horses and plenty of music.

Whatever your resolutions are for the coming year, make them clear. If you can picture it, and truly understand what you want, investing in the process means taking a leap of faith. When you are willing to take the leap, you can get wherever you want to be.

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