“Life Lessons…one Disney Movie Line at a time.”
I have always had a good work ethic. Or so I thought, until I watched Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
I have always tried to find pleasure in the work that I have done. I enjoyed being “on fries” and moving up to “grill” in High School at my first job, Mickey D’s. I had a great time fitting men for Tuxedos at my next job and helping give a special day that special touch that only button extenders can give. Who would not enjoy being a Resident Assistant during College and working in Student Affairs with various student organizations across our College Campus? I even wore the infamous Red Shirt and Khaki pants to work for a few weeks to earn money for our move to Indianapolis after Medical School. Having done these jobs, I thought helped shape me into a better person and brought me to the job that I love and enjoy today. But, how well do I express my happiness with my career choice?
This brings me to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. However great I may have thought my work ethic to be, can it compare to the work ethic of these great men? I say great men, because, do you know of many men (or women) that work the entire day, happily, singing along? Furthermore, do you know men that believe there is no “get rich quick scheme”, but that hard work is the way? Even greater still, do you know men that are ready to go home when the whistle blows at the end of the day, having done a good day’s work. I listened to this song with new meaning and a new understanding.
The Seven Dwarfs mean to set an example to be happy with what you choose to do. You make the choice and you can make other choices if you are unhappy. I understand that if you need to stop for “a stiff one” before you can make it home at the end of the day, perhaps you need another choice. We choose to be happy and share that joy, just as we choose to be unhappy and share that misery.
I want to be a good example to my children, my extended family, my friends, my co-workers and my patients. I want to be more like the Seven Dwarfs and merrily share the joy of my career choice. I want to go home from work after a long day because I am ready to come back the next day for more, Heigh-ho!
“…dig dig dig in our mine the whole day through
…dig dig dig is what we really like to do
It ain’t no trick to get rich quick
If you dig dig dig with a shovel or a pick
In a mine! In a mine! In a mine! In a mine!
Where a million diamonds shine!
It’s home from work we go…”
– Lyrics: Larry Morey, Music: Frank Churchill
(Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
Written by fellow Disney Mom & dear friend: Dannée N. Dannée is a proud member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel. She is not a Disney employee. The postings on this site are her own and do not necessarily represent Disney’s positions or opinions.