One of my all time favorite movies is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory based on the wonderful book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. If you haven’t seen it, I suggest you run right out and watch it. Gene Wilder was made for the role of Willy Wonka. (Yes, I liked him better than Johnnie Depp. His version is just plain scary. No offense to Mr. Depp. If he wasn’t so good at his job I wouldn’t have been scared. Just saying.)
I was thinking the other day, yes, I know, about how we’ve become a “satisfy my immediate need” world. Thanks to texting, email, social media, Netflix, YouTube (the list goes on and on) we want what we want and we want it now. We’ve turned into a modern day Veruca Salt. “I want an Oompa Loompa, Daddy, and I want it now.” She also wanted a goose that laid a golden egg. Do you remember how it turned out for Veruca?
Here’s what I took away from Willy Wonka:
1. Learn to follow directions. Mr. Wonka tells everyone during the tour of his factory not to drink the Fizzy Lifting Drink. But Charlie and Grandpa Joe didn’t listen and almost ended up cut to shreds by the fan spinning in the ceiling. Not to mention, Mr. Wonka has eyes everywhere, kind of like mothers, and he knew they stole a sip. That little stunt almost cost Charlie the chocolate.
2. If you dream it, you can make it happen. “Snozzberries? Who ever heard of a Snozzberry?” Veruca says. Willy Wonka grabs her face. “We are the music makers and we are the dreamer of the dreams.” Amen, Mr. Wonka.
3. The world doesn’t revolve around you. Drinking from the chocolate river just because you want to and can’t control yourself only means you’ve contaminated the water supply for everyone else and you’re going to end up in the toffee room being pulled and stretched until your limbs pop off. Think about how your actions affect others.
4. Do the right thing even when it’s hard. Charlie gives back the Everlasting Gobstopper he could’ve sold to Slugworth because it was the right thing to do. His good deed awards him the Chocolate Factory. Can’t beat that.
5. Trust the process. “…There’s no earthly way of knowing / Which direction we are going! / There’s no knowing where we’re rowing, / Or which way they river’s flowing! / Is it raining? Is it snowing? / Is a hurricane a-blowing? / Bah! Not a speck of light is showing, / So the danger must be growing, / Are the fires of hell a-blowing? / Is the grizzly reaper mowing? / Yes! The danger must be growing, / For the rowers keep on rowing, / And they’re certainly not showing / Any signs that they are slowing…”
If you want to see the famous boat scene click the link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8X48RiKQmFQ
What have you learned from Willy Wonka?