With all upheaval and added stress to our lives lately, we had a much-needed family night out and went and saw Despicable Me 3. I’ve loved these movies for so long! Gru, the grumpy villain adopts three girls and you get to see how these three unique girls change his life. (For the record, this one didn’t disappoint me. I loved it!) Spending some much needed quality time with my family and having a good time was just what we needed, but I wasn’t expecting is take home a life lesson from the movie.
I won’t give too much away about the movie, but I need to set the backdrop.
Agnes has been told that unicorns live in the forest. Well, we all know that Agnes’ love of unicorns is about the same as most women’s love of chocolate. So she goes hunting for the mystic unicorn that is to be, without a doubt, so fluffy she could die. What she finds is not exactly a unicorn.
When she gets home, Gru explains to Agnes that what she thinks is a unicorn is, unfortunately, a one horned goat. “This is life. Always looking for a unicorn, but getting a goat.” I’m sitting in the theater thinking ‘ain’t it the truth, Gru. Ain’t it the truth’. Then I was sad because I didn’t even try to see the good of the situation. I just accepted it for what it was because that’s life.
Unicorns versus Goats
My reaction to this made me stop to think about life. Is this how we look at life everyday? *Heavy sigh* I have to go work. Grumble, grumble…. Nothing ever works out the way that I want it to. Wanted a unicorn, but got a goat.
I know that I’m guilty of it. Constantly looking at life and being unhappy with the way it’s played out. Life is hard enough and when you keep finding goats, you start to expect goats and quit looking for unicorns. We start looking past the “goat” because it’s not exactly what we wanted or it didn’t play out how we saw it in our heads. No wonder life can feel so unsatisfying. How can this be changed? Leave it to Agnes.
I love Agnes and her innocence. Instead of getting upset when Gru tells her that she found a one horned goat, she gets excited. She hugs her goat tight saying it’s the best, fluffiest goat EVER. Her goat is not a disappointment, but a new friend that she loves and treasures.
I’m challenging you (and myself) that instead of being disappointed with life to take a step back and truly look at what you’ve been blessed with. Are they really the goats that you think they are or are they wonderful gifts? Give thanks for what you have, even when it doesn’t meet your expectations. Never stop looking for unicorns, but learn to appreciate the goats, too.