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Just Keep Swimming…

A cloudy, rainy weekend almost always includes a movie event. Finding Nemo made the pick. A fun fact you should know is that we have an aspiring fisherman who loves all things fish: movies about fish, his pet fish, casting a line to catch a fish. Oh, and on Sundays at the local grocery store, the team at the fish department knows our little guy by his first name. We’re not there looking at the fish selection, we’re there picking the best fish to throw on the what? You know it, The Big Green Egg! (In case you’re new to my corner of the interwebs, I first introduced the Egg here.)

Now, who doesn’t love Finding Nemo? Sure, it has a captivating story line and all the beautiful illustrations of what the sea down under might look like. More importantly, Finding Nemo takes us through a journey of how to overcome our fears, and teaches a few incredible life lessons along the way. It’s one adventure that just makes your heart happy.

As Marlin, Nemo, Dory, and the other fish of Finding Nemo take us on an amazing ride, make sure to catch these humble lessons. Take them with you every stage of your life.

Friends aren’t hard to find.

With 150 years under his shell. Crush is very wise. Just don’t call him “Mister Turtle”.

This little fisherman of ours loved all the friends that Marlin and Nemo made in their journey to find each another. On this road called life, we go in different directions that we never imagined we’d go. Along the way, we meet people who become true friends. Marlin and Dory met each other by chance and became the best of friends. Together, Marlin and Nemo made a tribe of friends, and they showed us that it takes more than a few to help us reach our goals. Had the road of life not taken me on the direction to Team Veteran & Military Spouse, I would have missed out on meeting some pretty awesome people.

We’re all different, and that’s okay.

While Dory set the stage in Finding Nemo for diversity, Marlin taught us how to be patient with each other. Dory was the most forgettable fish; she had a disability, short-term memory loss.  We learned that being different is a good thing and our differences are what make us unique.  If the world were filled with people who looked the same, talked the same, and had the same beliefs, it would not be as colorful as the sea down under. “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.” – Author Unknown

Just keep swimming… 

“When life gets you down, do you wanna know what you’ve gotta do? Just keep swimming.” – Dory

It was Dory, the unforgettable blue fish (she really was forgettable in her character), who taught us, when you’re staring adversity in the face, “just keep swimming”.  I call Dory the optimistic champion, and in a lot ways she was Marlin’s coach. Then, when Marlin and Dory were caught between a jellyfish and the open ocean, he told her to “just keep swimming”. In life, there will be times where we feel defeated; there will also be times where we feel we conquered the world. Whichever direction life takes you, always think like Dory, and just keep swimming.

Beyond our comfort zone, whole new worlds exist.

Marlin showed us how to overcome our fears, especially when stretching beyond our comfort zone.  He definitely had good reason to stay inside his anemone.  Once Marlin had to venture outside his comfort zone, he realized that the ocean was this beautiful place. The same is true with our life and even our careers.  As the saying goes, “everything you’ve ever wanted is one step outside your comfort zone”.

There is no “I” in Team.

They say two heads are better than one. This is true. In Finding Nemo we saw how coming together and work as team gets the job done. Marlin and Nemo would never have reunited if it weren’t for teamwork. This is why I often quote, Team Veteran and Military Spouse because both roles are different, but as a team we fit together.

A movie like Finding Nemo is good for the soul. As parents, we are always looking for creative ways to teach our children valuable life lessons. The thing we sometimes forget is that they are the ones teaching us to always keep swimming.

Photos: Disney Pixar (http://movies.disney.com/finding-nemo-gallery)

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