Alice in Wonderland (1951)

credit: blogs.ocweekly.comA girl can get in a lot of trouble with a deck of cards and a hookah-smoking caterpillar.

 

This movie is actually a combination of both “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass.” And the only character that wasn’t actually in either of Lewis Carroll’s books was the Doorknob.

This film didn’t perform very well in theaters, but I think it got way less credit than it deserves.

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: If a drugged up caterpillar ever offers you a mushroom, DON’T TAKE IT.

I think the best takeaway from this film is in the scene where Alice comes to a fork in the road and meets the Cheshire Cat:

  • credit: kootation.comAlice: I just wanted to ask you which way I ought to go.
  • Cat: Well, that depends on where you want to get to.
  • Alice: Oh, it really doesn’t matter, as long as I get somewhere.
  • Cat: Then it really doesn’t matter which way you go.

In the words of Thomas S. Monson:

“It does matter which way you go, for the path you follow in this life leads to the path you will follow in the next.”

And from Robert D. Hales:

“How many of us are going through life telling ourselves, ‘If we keep going long enough, we’re going to get somewhere,’ but are not defining exactly where that place is we want to be? ‘Somewhere’ is not good enough. We must know where we want to go and be firmly committed to getting there.”

We don’t see the word “goals” in the holy scriptures, but we do see the word “desires.” And the message we see over and over in the scriptures is this: If we faithfully ask God to grant our righteous desires, and those desires align with the will of God, then He will grant those desires.

But first, we have to know where we want to go.

“Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.” – Proverbs 4:26

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