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I watched Toy Story 3 last night and I cried like a baby. Without spoiling the entire movie for you if you haven’t seen it (and you should), there is a scene where the toys are facing certain destruction.
When they realize there is nothing more than can do to save themselves, and they make eye contact with each other. Rather than screaming or scrambling, they resign themselves to the fact that these will be their last moments. In those last moments, they reach out and join hands with each other.
The look in their eyes – a combination of resignation and a need to connect– reminded me of a time I was on a plane on the way to Tyler, Texas. We got stuck in a thunderstorm, and as lightening lit up the plane and it bounced left to right, then rising up and dropping several hundred feet, everyone grew eerily silent. I waited for the screams, and the tears, but I heard nothing.
Instead, hands slowly stretched across aisles as people reached out to each other. Unfortunately, I was seated by the bathroom in a single seat so I just held on to the handle of the bathroom door, but you get the point. Like a chain of human life, everyone just held on and prayed quietly.
As I face the new year and discuss change with you, I am going to really build on the concept of stories found in my soon to be published book called “Real Change, Real People.” I believe the most important part of change is the collection of beating hearts behind it. Ibelieve there are stories out there to which we can all relate, because they capture the human side of change. And I don’t think change works long-term without first respecting the people who are impacted.
Woody and Buzz Lightyear reminded me that no matter how much we strive for success, the fact is that when we face our final demise we want to be connected in a moment of meaning. We are pack animals, and there is energy transferred when we join hands. Our racing, panicked hearts slow down as we realize that we are not alone.
In this new year, I want to reach out a little more, and focus on individual success a little less. I want to tell more stories and connect more hearts. I want to value the people side of change, and remind people that “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.”[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oB7Msp091CA[/youtube]