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The Wisdom Of Oz

I always wondered why, near the end of the epic movie, ‘The Wizard of Oz’, Dorothy whispers to the Scarecrow: “I think I’ll miss you most of all.” I mean why would she single out the Scarecrow like that? After all, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion were also an integral part of Dorothy’s difficult journey back home. They, too, placed their lives in danger and would do anything for Dorothy. Why the Scarecrow? It wasn’t until years later that I figured this out, years after medical school, years after my psychiatric residency, and after years of psychiatric work. The answer lies in an essential approach to life‘s big decisions: your head should ultimately lead your heart. In my work, I have seen too many anguished souls who followed their heart. This does not mean that we ignore our feelings, G-d forbid! No, we must be aware of our feelings, that’s certainly the first stage. But then make sure you understand your feelings - in other words, use your head (your brain) - before you act. I am certain that this is what Dorothy was telling us.…the Wisdom of Oz!

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