I just finished watching the movie Finding Dory. Didn’t really expect that. I have a lot of movies to watch on line, and Finding Dory is not even on my list. It happens sometimes. We find things, and things find us. Anyway, I noticed there are a lot of things we can learn from this movie. Most of them might be generic but I think it’s good to be reminded. Because even if we’ve already heard it before, doesn’t mean we already know it.
Finding Dory Quotes and Lessons
When you want something, give something.
The part when Dory got lost was quite depressing. She tried to ask anyone she bumps into for help but nobody even tries. Until he found Marlin. It’s a scene in the prequel Finding Nemo where Marlin was crying for help because his son Nemo was taken. And you know the rest, Dory helps Marlin find Nemo.
So when the time came, Dory wanted to find her parents, and Marlin and Nemo were there to help.
We all want something, but we should remember that life is not all about taking. We may have cried for help before and got nothing. But that shouldn’t stop us from helping others.
“We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give” -Winston Churchill
There’s always another way
Dory’s parents may have looked like the simplest parents, but they always taught her the best lessons. This is a combination of persistence and creativity.
Things doesn’t always go the way we plan it, and sometimes it’s just completely different. Taking action itself is a hard work – You want something, you take action, then you fail. It’s just demotivating. But taking action is not just trying or doing one thing. Because there’s always another way.
What would Dory do?
Nemo and Marline were almost on deadend when trying to look for Dory. Until Nemo asked, “What would Dory do?”
As you know, Dory suffers from short-term memory loss. She easily forgets what’s going on. The result – she forgot thinking too much. Instead she focuses on what’s happening, and what can she do about it. No overthinking.
This is something we all need. A lot of times when were about to do something big, we get flooded by what if’s, and deep analization of things. We turn to the past for reference, and to the future for worries. But the best thing is always to turn to the present. What can you do, in this very moment?
“Do you know how we found you? We were having a really hard time until Nemo said, ‘What would Dory do?’” –Marlin
Just keep swimming
This may be the shortest and most generic lesson but it’s something that we should never forget.
We get knocked out, life shits on us – When life gets you down , do you know what you’ve gotta do? Just keep swimming.
Follow your seashells
“I love seashells” -Dory
Dory loved seashells like her mother. Because of her condition, her parents always displayed a path of seashells to their house. So whenever she gets lost, she knows where to go back to.
But the seashells also represents what Dory loved – what she wanted. And it was always what guided her all along. She’s gone to places and has been lost for a long time but it’s what she wanted that helped her find the way. They’re what taught her the lesson that…
“You can do whatever you put your mind to”
Dory suffers from short term memory loss. Wait, did I already tell you that? Did I forget again? Haha!
She might have that condition but, it didn’t stop her from finding her parents. Because everything is just about how you perceive it. It’s you who can decide whether you can do something or not. When you’ve really decided on something, the universe will know; and it’s decided.
If you can count well, that’s just six. Let’s make that seven. What have you learned from the movie?