I saw this movie this past weekend with my kids.
Some things struck me about the Fantastic Mr. Fox that I thought were worth emphasizing.
Although, I would side with Mrs. Fox as to the carelessness and recklessness of Mr. Fox’s actions, one can’t deny the creative problem solving nature of his actions once the proverbial @#$@# had hit the fan.
So, when Mr. Fox had to motivate his “team” in the face of dire circumstances and insurmountable odds, he chose the right brain/creative path of painting a picture of what that team meant to him and what they could accomplish if they worked together. By reclaiming their own “story”–a Dan Pink emphasis for the new economy www.danpink.com– (their inherent traits and talents), the animals were able to band together to accomplish their goals. Mr. Fox’s leadership skills are very 21st Century.
The other element of this story that struck me is how it mirrors our current situation. Fox progresses from the pursuit of comfort and status to being grateful for diminishing resources and shelter. At each point that his situation worsens, he finds the silver lining and emphasizes THAT to his community. In the end, they are still have to scrap and scrape and are living in the sewer, but they are happy because of their positive perspective.
In your left brain you are all about YOU. In your RIGHT you are tapped into the global mind, the “one big happy family” and everything is working out perfectly.
Fox’s path may hold a key to our own survival in 2010 and beyond. Might some of us have to learn how to thrive and live fulfilled lives with less? Getting to know your right brain voice, or Artist Within, gives you so much more opportunity to maximize the potential of your mind and synergize both the left and right hemispheres. Feeling overwhelmed or do you want to just give up? You are surely in left brain mode. Click on the Creativity Workouts category in this blog to learn how you can make the shift from left to right brain thinking. Turn feelings of hopelessness into HOPE!
Check out Tina Seelig’s blog, Creativity Rulz, on the Psychology Today wewbsite: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/creativityrulz/200911/its-all-in-your-head
She writes about the power we have to interpret the same situation so many different ways, just by how we choose to look at it. “It’s All in Your Head” is the title of the blog entry. Mr. Fox “got it”. Cheers to a Happy New Year–one filled with exciting opportunities, change and new beginnings!