Recently my wife and I were discussing the importance of transparency in every and all forms of relationships and how being honest and open can greatly fortify the effectiveness of your influence as a leader, parent, or spouse. The next day I heard a fun cover of the song “If I only had a brain…” yes, the song from “The Wizard of Oz”, and something hit my heart like a ton of bricks. Some of the most loved and openly received characters in that film are those who owned their flaws and shortcoming and even “boasted of their weaknesses” in song and dance. The villain may have been the Wicked Witch but honestly, the true disappointment was found in the man behind the curtain… portraying himself to be something he wasn’t all while withholding the very blessings the main characters were seeking. There is also a redemption story here, the wizard (but not really a wizard), owned his mistakes and by doing the right thing as well as helping Dorothy and Toto out of Oz. He redeemed himself. Transparency made anything the Scarecrow, Tinman, or Lion had to say very comfortably believable and relatable. Long story short: in a world of way too many people fighting to be the wizard by any means of deception necessary, be the Scarecrow. Own your flaws, embrace who you are, all the while making moves to better yourselves and to achieve your dreams.
Photo Credit: Miss A.