Kung Fu Panda is one of my favorite [animated] movies of all time. Great story. Great characters. Great message. If you haven’t seen it — and you’re a parent — I would implore you to correct this egregious error as soon as possible. In a nutshell the main character Po, goes on a journey of self discovery while learning the art of kung fu. He saves the village, becomes a master, conquers his fear…blah blah blah blah all in about 90 minutes.
The pinnacle of the story however happens when Po reads “the Dragon Scroll”, a mystical parchment that is suppose to explain the secrets of unlimited power. Only the Dragon Warrior can read it and of course Po becomes the Dragon Warrior.
But you wanna know the cool part? [Spoiler Alert]
You know what was inside the scroll? Nothing. It was blank. A shiny piece of paper that showed Po his own reflection. A bit anti-climatic huh?
Well not really, see the moral of that moment in the story was that the Dragon Warrior, and this unlimited power were nothing more than personal realizations. Po became the Dragon Warrior because he BELIEVED he could. That’s it. No lightening rod. No fairy dust. No bite from a radio active spider. It was just Po and his desire to want to learn Kung Fu and be great at it.
Being a good [parent] dad is the same thing. If you would like to become the Dragon Warrior of fathers its simple: you have to want to be.
Mind blowing huh? Profound things usually are simplistic in their truth. And that goes for anything “great” you would like to become. Ballerina. Basketball Player. CEO. A decision has to happen in your mind that translates into your actions. If you decide you want to lose weight but eat junk food every day, how committed are you really to becoming fit? Once you decide — I mean REALLY — decide then the rest will take care of itself.
Will you fall down or get it wrong? Absolutely! But failure is a key part of success and being a good dad is no different. The great thing is that you don’t need God given athletic talent to get there. A willingness to want to engage your children, invest in them as people or just do an opposite job of your crappy mom and dad is enough.
– A Single Dad