If you have been paying attention to popular culture, you are well aware that a movie about the comic book heroine Wonder Woman recently opened to critical and audience acclaim. I must add my name to the list of admirers. I found myself cheering, clapping and crying at the same time during the movie.
I won't spoil the movie, so don't be afraid to read on if you haven't seen it yet. The core theme of the movie is that Wonder Woman's strength comes not from her physical gifts, but her commitment to fulfilling her purpose. She leaves her island home against her mother's wishes because she knows she has no other choice despite the sacrifices. Her mother says to her, "If you leave you won't be able to return." Diana (Wonder Woman) replies, "Who would I be if I stayed?".
She knows she is not fully prepared for what is ahead of her - she is not a seasoned warrior like her aunt and mother. Yet, she gets on a boat with a stranger and takes off in the dark to an unknown destination.
There is a pivotal scene in the movie where she witnesses great suffering and injustice, but is told there is nothing she can do about it. She tells her companion that this situation is the very reason she left her home and that she can't just stand by and do nothing - her reason for being is to fight injustice. She runs head on toward the danger not knowing the outcome. Her words were, "I'll go ahead." Sounds like a leader to me.
I was moved by the movie because I have a very clear understanding of my purpose, but fear is doing its best to keep me from jumping in with both feet in pursuit of it. But, I haven't given up and I am doing my best to give myself credit when I thank the fear for trying to protect me, but that it is time for it to be quiet.
By the end of the movie, Diana has learned she is much stronger, both physically and emotionally, than she ever imagined. She learns the true nature of her mythical origins. However, what makes her truly strong is her faith in herself and humanity. Go see the movie and begin to find your inner Wonder Woman!
Questions for Reflection:
- Who is your inner Wonder Woman?
- What is her purpose?
- How are you living your purpose?
- What is getting in the way of you living your purpose?
- What can you do to remove the obstacles?
- What is the story of limitation you are telling yourself?
- How do you want to rewrite your story?
- What sacrifices would you have to make to fulfill your purpose?