ABC’s of Living Well:  Z – Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah

ABC’s of Living Well: Z – Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah

How we view our circumstances is a blend of reality and choice.

Living in a dream world does no good. Thinking everything is always wrong doesn’t help either.

The correct formula is assessing the situation with clear eyes and a clear head. Unmet expectations and true catastrophes must be factored into the formula, yes, but also add in the potential and possibilities yet unknown.

The tune Zip-a-dee-doo-dah comes from Song of the South, Walt Disney’s award winning movie from 1946. The story line describes a mess for all the characters. Failing marriage relationship, insensitive parenting behaviors, prevailing poverty limitations, and unjust racial rules of the day leave young and old, black and white people discouraged and hopeless. What could possibly make them smile or recognize any beauty around them?

The character of Uncle Remus offers simplistic answers in stories that teach and songs that lift the human spirit. He doesn’t always manage to embrace these encouragements for himself, but thankfully does in the final act, like any happy Hollywood ending.

We don’t live a movie life. But we do have the choice to find the best answer to our life’s next chapter. If you feel too discouraged or unable to muster the energy for a life reboot, get help. Find a counselor or coach and get a fresh perspective to Learn to Live Well.

And, try singing Zip-a-dee-doo-dah.

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay
My, oh my, what a wonderful day
Plenty of sunshine headin’ my way
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay

Mister Bluebird’s on my shoulder
It’s the truth, it’s actual
Ev’rything is satisfactual
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay
Wonderful feeling, wonderful day, yes sir!

Music by Allie Wrubel
Lyrics by Ray Gilbert
Performed by James Baskett
© 1945 Walt Disney Music Company
Academy award for Best Original Song 1947

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