â€œLife Lessonsâ€¦one Disney Movie Line at a time.â€
Have you ever looked at a person that youâ€™ve never met before, known nothing about them and thought â€œI like you alreadyâ€? Â Perhaps the person was wearing a shirt sporting your favorite teamâ€™s logo or maybe that person was wearing a cute pair of patriotic Mouse Ears (oh wait â€“ thatâ€™s me). Â For whatever the reason, just like Tow Mater did with Lightning McQueen in â€œCarsâ€, you felt that you had made an instant connection.
Then again, maybe youâ€™ve looked at a person and immediately thought that you didnâ€™t like them for some reason.Â They could have been wearing a shirt emblazoned with your favorite teamâ€™s rival.Â Their body may have been covered in tattoos or piercings.Â Whatever the reason, you felt that you would never have a connection with that person so you never took the time to even say â€œhelloâ€.
I think sometimes weâ€™re all guilty of looking at someone and immediately judging a book by its cover to a certain extent.Â As a mom, I am trying hard to raise my boys with open minds.Â Â I want them to learn that weâ€™re all human beings with feelings.Â I donâ€™t want them to be quick to judge others and just assume things because of the way a person looks or dresses. Â Â I want them to know, that skin color is a characteristic, and doesnâ€™t mean that everyone with a certain skin color should for example, be characterized all the same.
Itâ€™s a hard lesson to learn at a young age.Â Kids can be so cruel and blatant when they are expressing their feelings.Â It can also be confusing when there are so many different people from different backgrounds and families that are so diverse and different from ours.Â I want my boys to be compassionate and kind-hearted and to know that no matter who makes up a personâ€™s family, that itâ€™s the love shown inside a home that is important.
Life has a way of changing a person too.Â The paths we choose or are sent down without a choice can build character or bring you down.Â It can keep you straight and narrow or send you off a cliff.Â Itâ€™s the people that we meet along our journey, that will support us and help us find our way.Â So while itâ€™s easy to look at some people for the first time and say â€œI like you alreadyâ€, it often pays off to take the time to get to know someone, and give them a chance even when there isnâ€™t an instant connection.
Written by fellow Disney Mom & dear friend: Allison V. Allison 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.