“Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming…” One of my favorite parts of the Disney movie, “Finding Nemo”, is the part when Dori and Marlin lose the diver’s mask with the address they are trying to find written on the inside in the depths of the ocean. Marlin panics and is afraid of the unknown dark depths of the ocean while Dori just focuses on the goal of getting the mask back even in the face of unknown obstacles and detours.
Life always throws things in our path, no matter what our goals are, or what we have planned. Sometimes we need to just be like Dori and focus on the task at hand and “just keep swimming”. Eventually we’ll get where we want to go even if we can’t see the path in front of us.
Sometimes it will be hard and it will take effort, focus and perseverance to just keep swimming in the ocean of life to get where we need to be. In the words of Thomas Paine:
“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.”
When you watch the movie, Finding Nemo, you may not see Dori as one who gathers strength from the distress of the situation, but how she responds to the dilemma with her nonchalant attitude of just keep swimming teaches us something we can all learn.
In life we are handed obstacles and situations due to events that have occurred which we have no control over, but we do have the ability to control what decisions we make and what we do next. So when the going gets tough, we can persist in our effort to accomplish our goal and just keep swimming not knowing beforehand how or when we’ll accomplish the task or we can panic and give up like Nemo’s father Marlin almost did.
Here’s the video clip if you have a minute, it’s worth watching and of course they go from one dilemma right into the next: