i did not watch the Sound of Music as an adult. I viewed it through my daughter’s eyes, and lo and behold, I was swept away. So was she. What a reminder that a good story makes a movie, not fancy special effects, technology or a colossal budget.
At first I was uncomfortable. I noticed some judging going on.
Inner Critic: This is so schmaltzy and corny. The dialogue is ridiculous. How can you suspend disbelief? How can you like this crap?
Scott: Easy. No problem. Now, critic, big adult self, relax,  take a nap. I’ll be enjoying the movie.

I really related to Maria. She tried to fit in, to please, and simply could not.
If you are following your heart, you might not be able to fit in either. You might be perceived as a problem by those around you who have an agenda for you.
Remember the song, How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?
The sisters perceived her as a problem in the convent cause she was so unconventional.
She couldn’t be confined by dogma and tradition. She was obedient only to the voice of love within her, and that voice was more interested in freedom than rules, singing than silence, honesty over politeness, and playfulness rather than a stern approach to spirituality and discipline. Maria was a failure as a nun and a splendid success as a servant of God,  a lover of life, joy, and children.
How do you solve a problem like Maria? You cease seeing her, or yourself, as a problem to be solved. 
We are here to be one of a kind, and to shine gloriously,
Guess what my favorite song is from the movie? Climb Every Mountain? Nope, that’s my third favorite. Edelweiss is my second. First place goes to My Favorite Things.
Everything you need to know about the Law of Attraction and being happy is contained in that song. Focus on what puts a smile on your face.
Praise the raindrops on roses rather than dwell on what seems to be not working in life.
The more I focus on what is working, the more what seems to be not working takes care of itself, through Divine Alchemy and Grace.
Got Hurricane? Donald Trump? Fire? Fear? Break out the gratitude and begin counting up your favorite things. Don’t stop. ever.
And then there is all the wisdom in the movie about children. The Von Trapp kids were nightmares to every Governess who they met, till Maria came along. Maria was more interested in connecting with them than correcting them, supporting them instead of controlling them, and they pretty quickly stopped playing nasty jokes on her designed to push her away. Children act out when they don’t get their needs met. Bad behavior is just a call for love. They thrive when they get the kind of attention and encouragement they need.
I loved seeing Maria give those children permission to be their natural, playful, joyful selves. And by golly, they blossomed. We all do in the presence of love and caring.
And how can I sing the praises of The Sound of Music without mentioning it’s teachings about MUSIC!
Music is joy itself, and uplifts and heals, harmonizes and joins people together like nothing can. If you remember, Captain Von Trapp had silenced the music in his house since he had lost his wife. Maria brought it back, getting the children to sing, and even getting the Captain to strum and sing. Music helped melt the pain and restore happy hearts to everyone. Music builds bridges, melts walls, and connects people who once felt separate.
I am so grateful that my life is alive with the sound of music. And that I get to create custom made songs that honor your loved ones like they’ve never been honored before. Please consider getting a Song Portrait at some point in your life, for a spouse, a child, or even yourself.
When Aysia was five I helped her write her own words to My Favorite Things. She sang it on YouTube with me. Warning: This video is too cute for it’s own good.














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