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5 Amazing Things About Life We Learn From Toy Story

5 Amazing Things About Life We Learn From Toy Story

Toy Story is one of the most iconic Disney movie series ever created. It explores imagination, takes adults back to their childhood while helping children explore their own childhood, and it brings up just about every emotion you can think of. We’ve laughed with the toys, cried, been nervous for them, and smiled at happy endings. Toy Story has become such a way of life that we can even check our signs to see if we’re a Toy Story kid.

With all of this Toy Story lovin’, here are 10 things that only people who love Toy Story understand.

1. There’s flying–and then there’s falling with style

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Buzz and Woody Flying

    Everybody wants to fly in life, to soar to the greatest heights and have complete control over life. But Buzz Lightyear shows us very fantastically that flying isn’t always a possibility, but no matter what obstacles you encounter (such as a ball right in the middle of your landing path) you can always fall with style.

    2. A true friend will always stand by your side

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      There’s really no movie that displays this better than the Toy Story series. These friends go on adventures that involve the greatest dangers any toy can encounter. I mean think about how scary it was for the toys to get to Al’s Toy Barn in hopes of rescuing one of their own! In every movie they stick their parts on the line to make sure they can always save their friends.

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       3. Everybody has a heart

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        If you’re a lover of Toy Story, then you know that no matter how tiny the toy, each one has their very own heart. Even the ones that were left behind to collect dust on the shelf, like poor Wheezy. Everyone has feelings and a heart, and we should all remember that about every person, animal, and toy that we meet.

        4. Remember to always be a kid

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        Andy playing

          As we watch Andy grow from the second to the third movie, it almost hurts our hearts when he no longer imagines the toys and their adventures. Until we get to the end of the third, when he is handing off his toys and his memories. Then suddenly he is reminded, as are we, that no matter how old you are, you’re always a kid at heart.

          5. Live life to infinity and beyond

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            You don’t have to be a Toy Story lover to know the phrase, “To infinity and beyond!” but it’s the lovers of these movies who truly get it. Anyone who loves these movies knows to keep this saying in mind when living life, that you need to live life to the farthest reaches of the galaxy–and then go beyond!

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            Last thing only great fans would understand: You haven’t cried harder tears than those of the third movie

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              If you’ve been a lover of Toy Story, especially since the beginning, then when the ending of Toy Story 3 beings, the tears start falling hard. Ugly crying begins as soon as we think the lives of the toys are in peril in the garbage and continue as Andy hands his toys off to the next generation. The tears don’t really stop until the credits are rolling, and we realize that these toys aren’t just toys from a movie. They’re a part of our lives and a part of our growing up, and we have a hard time saying goodbye.

              Luckily for us, Toy Story lovers don’t have to say goodbye much longer! Toy Story 4 is in production and is slated to be hitting theaters in 2018, giving us a whole new adventure with our favorite friends.

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              Last Updated on December 2, 2018

              How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

              How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

              Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

              The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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              The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

              Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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              Review Your Past Flow

              Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

              Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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              Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

              Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

              Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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              Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

              Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

              We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

              Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

                Featured photo credit: Nathan Dumlao via unsplash.com

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