Last week I talked about the movie, “Saving Mr. Banks,” and how it presented the heart-wrenching account of the making of the popular Disney movie, “Mary Poppins.” You may recall my mentioning that there were massive impediments to creating this film, mostly due to the disturbing childhood of P.L. Trevers, (author of the “Mary Poppins books”), which acted as the catalyst for many of the obstacles.
Simply put, Trevers cloaked herself in the burden of blame for her father’s untimely death from alcohol addiction. She had done things in childlike innocence (such as supplying her father with alcohol), that convinced her she had caused her father’s early, horrific death. The truth is that Trevers’ father asked for the alcohol, calling it his “medicine.” She believed that she was helping her father, not realizing until years later that she was actually feeding his addiction. Trevers never forgave herself, and most likely spent a good part of her life punishing herself for what was a tragic mistake.
Apparently, P.L. Trevers’ difficult childhood shaped her into a cold-hearted, fearful, and bitter woman, rarely able to see the bright side of anyone or anything. As we see in the “Mr. Banks” film, it was not easy to please P.L Trevers, as she twisted every situation she encountered into something negative. Trevers allowed her harrowing childhood to mold and shape her adulthood. She let her past define her present, and she brought all this emotional baggage into the making of the Mary Poppins film. Hence, the intense uphill battle it took to produce “Mary Poppins.”
Walt Disney, the creator of the “Mary Poppins” film, envisioned the movie to be joyful and uplifting, while taking the audience to new levels of creativity and fantasy. P.L. Trevers wanted none of Disney’s whimsy in the film. Her version would allow none of the delight Disney wished to infuse into the storyline. Many creative conflicts erupted during the film’s production. Eventually, Walt Disney had his way with the film. And, if you can believe it, Trevers experienced an epiphany resulting from the dynamics of the film, which led to her overcoming the trauma of her childhood.
Here’s my layman’s analysis of the whole situation. Trevers’ erroneous self-condemnation regarding her father morphed her into a person who she was never meant to be. Her iron grip on her past, and her lack of forgiveness towards herself, fashioned her life into a cold desolate world…. one devoid of love, laughter, and relationships. How many of us can relate to this?
I know I personally have struggled with letting go of things from my past. But, I’ve come to realize I’m not alone in this. Most everyone has a past. We’ve all done things, or had things done to us that may be hard to forgive in ourselves or others. But, I know I don’t have to let those old soul wounds and past ordeals define me or my future. Each one of us can choose to let go of the past, learn from it, move on, and let forgiveness take the helm. And, how do we go about doing this? Two words….unconditional love.
Bottom line: God loves us so unconditionally, that He wants to forgive us of ANYTHING and EVERYTHING. If God Himself is willing to forgive us, who are we not to forgive ourselves and others? God’s two greatest commandments are to love Him with all of our heart, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Forgiving and loving yourself the way God forgives and loves you is vital, and the key to a life of U Love and freedom.
Forgiving ourselves for everything helps us to let go of the chains that would bind us to the past. We are free to move on in life and achieve the great things God has in store for each and every one of us. It’s impossible to move freely with chains weighing us down. Forgiveness allows us to release any grip the chains may have on us, setting us free to fly onto the pinnacle of life.
My guess is that P.L. Trevers finally learned this concept, and it was life-changing for her. Why not let it be life-changing for you as well? We can all learn to forgive ourselves right now for anything. Why not accept God’s forgiveness right now, for everything? Forgiveness is the beginning of freedom. It’s a new year. Let’s start it off with liberation from our past, and enthusiasm for a fulfilling future! I’m all for it! I’m hoping you will be, too!
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