First introduced in 1988, Roger Rabbit appeared as a friendly, talkative, hyperactive cartoon character (“toon”) with a child-like spirit who loves and lives to make others laugh. He is, though, a self-confessed coward and possesses tremendous fear – especially of Judge Doom, the Dip, and the Toon Patrol.
As one might anticipate from his name – Roger Rabbit – is a white, clown-like rabbit with a gap between his teeth. Along with his resonating voice, a stutter repeatedly flows from his lips.
“P.p.p.p.p.please!”, his pleading vibrates. His rabbit-shaped head is graced with a challenging red hair crop, bunny blue eyes, a pink nose and floppy, rounded ears. His wardrobe, of course, expands on his appearance – and includes a starched yellow dotted blue bowtie and red suspender bell bottom pants with a green patch taking up the rear. A pair of bright, sun-drenched gloves completes his vividly-drawn appearance.
Roger is aware of what people think of him. Yet, despite the opinion of others, his focus is on his belief that inspiring people to laugh is what makes his life worthwhile. As he shares, “My whole purpose in life is to…make… people…laugh”! He also demonstrates this passion with his gorgeous wife Jessica who he continually strives to incite to laugh.
From the story, we learn that as a “toon” Roger is impervious to physical abuse. However, he continually faces the trauma of encounters with “Dip” – a mixture of solvent that can destroy him.
Just like Roger, our life journey often encounters “Dip” along the path. In order to overcome (or avoid) “Dip”, focusing on what “makes our lives worthwhile” is essential.
Over the years, I’ve worked with numerous clients – individuals, corporations, entrepreneurs – all who had the courage to release their fears, to focus, to change – to be clear about their purpose – and to shake things up to unfold, reveal and deliver on their talents and dreams. This clearly requires courage – the kind Roger Rabbit and many others have shown and shared with us:
“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” Walt Disney
Opening its gates in July 1955, Disneyland – the “Happiest Place on Earth” – brought Walt Disney’s dream to life – through innovation, entrepreneurship and courage.
“Everyone has talent. What’s rare is the courage to follow that talent to the dark places it leads.” Erica Jong
In her book Fear of Flying, Ms. Jong introduces us to Isadora Wing who fears flying. Despite this fear, Isadora forces herself to keep traveling…in pursuit of her own brand of liberation. How she finds it and loses her fear provides a captivating story.
“Growth comes from putting your self out there.” A Course in Miracles on Risk
As we enter the longer days of February – already month 2 of 2013 – may we all be inspired to grasp and embrace the courage needed to break ground and lay (or continue to build) foundations that allow each of us to embark on our journey with the spirit to unfold, reveal and undertake our unique life purpose – even if it’s simply to help another find reason to laugh!
© 2012 EMCarlock