The first Disney movie that I ever saw in the theaters was Mary Poppins. I did not appreciate it, because I thought everyone had Tea Parties on the ceiling. But over the years, as my children have watched it multiple times, I have learned a few things from my pal Mary.
When Mary first arrives, she notices that the nursery is a mess. She sings the song, “A Spoonful of Sugar”
“In every job that must be done
There is an element of fun
You find the fun and snap!
The job’s a game”
I have used this mantra a lot with my children. When it was time to clean up, we set a timer or sang a song. We only had to work in that room, until the buzzer rang or the song was over. Then we could move on to the next room. In just a few minutes, the house was tolerable again.
In the movie, Mary has a wonderful imagination. She has tea parties on the ceiling. She rides magical horses that leap from the carousel. She has lunch with singing and dancing penguins. She dances over the rooftops of London with the chimney sweeps. She has so much more fun that your average person, because of her imagination.
In the grown-up world, we sometimes forget to use our imaginations. How much better our job would be if we could bring the creativity of Mary Poppins to it. Creativity can make you incredibly successful in your career. It can get you recognized or even land you a promotion.
Mary Poppins has great advice for young children and for the young at heart. What could you learn from Mary today?