Thursday, May 15, 2014

Lessons Learned from Saving Mr. Banks ~ The Limits of Magic


I identify with Pamela Lyndon Travers. I am even called by my middle name, the way she was.

I'm an ACOA, too. I grew up in a dysfunctional and abusive family. And I looked for ways to change my story, just as she did (by writing Mary Poppins). In fact, my work is about helping women choose the story they want to create.

In her real life, Lyndon adopted a son and raised him. But from the articles I read, it looks like motherhood did not come naturally to her. It did not come naturally to me, either.

Enchanting her story made her wealthy. But I am not sue it made her happier. I've been pondering that ever since I watched the movie.

One of the painful realities of life is that there was no Samantha Stevens. And try as I might during my childhood, I never did happen upon my own personal Jeannie to blink away what bothered me & replace it with what I wanted, instead.

How do we get rid of what bothers us?

Did Lyndon?

(Walt Disney with PL Travers ~ found on Pinterest via

In the movie, one of her motivations for giving away her baby (Mary Poppins) was that she wanted to keep her house and the money was running out. When she returns from her time in California, she greets her house like an old friend. I have great affection for my home, too.

So what of magic and enchantment & faerietale happiness?

I think the pursuit of possibility is a grand experiment. An adventure worth taking. But this movie highlights both the power of imagination & possibility and the fact that there are no guarantees. Guess that's where faith comes in.

Have you seen the movie? And if so, what did you think?

What if you could finally heal
whatever is blocking you from the faerietale life
that's waiting for you?



  1. Faith and forgiveness...We all, including our parents, do what we can with what we know...I cannot imagine the life many have, but if we can not forgive, then we only hurt ourselves...I chose to forgive a long time ago and have faith that MAYBE someday I can make my own fairy-tale.


    1. Faith and forgiveness ~ you're so right, they're both important! I am so glad you have been able to forgive. I believe I have, as well (for the most part).


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