Put One Foot in Front of the Other

1 02 2017

As Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr stated, ‘the more things change, the more they stay the same.’ It’s interesting to see how that phrase is based in truth, like many others which survive the gen.0 updates. A reason why it has been a while since I have blogged weekly, has been my own belief that each must somehow ‘be better’ than the previous submittal.

My ego, my atrophic thinking, insinuated pre-conscious thoughts into my belief about the blog. No More! Hope, humor and child like abandon are some of the qualities that I find in Put One Foot in Front of the Other from the 1970 movie Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town. In the scene, Winter, the antagonist in the story, is recognizing his unhappiness, comprehending that is his decision to continue that mindset and learning that he has the ability to change.

These psycho-emotional challenges are true for us today as well, or as my cousine once said, ‘everyone lives in their own existential hell.’ The scene in the song specifically reflects several key points in the archetype of change. From Winter’s first words, ‘I really am a despicable creature,’ to the impetus to change, the use of the word ‘reflection,’ many of these parts of the song relate to points in inner struggle. The song itself is almost like NLP for kids!

Aside from the ‘fun’ inherent in the movie, is self-awareness and self-determination. These characteristics, along with the societal implication of ‘reflection,’ are main ingredients to change, as evidenced by the song.

Self-talk, or in today’s commerce based verbiage, NLP (Neuro-linguistic programming) is an inherent part of change. Referring again to Karr’s quote, I was once told ‘There is nothing new under the sun.’ In the frame of mind I was in at the time of the conversation, it was a depressing statement. Not until much later did I recognize that the verbal coinage I was tossed also had a flip-side. While I initially interpreted the phrase as ‘you can’t make a difference,’ I later thought of the freedom offered by the same statement. If there is ‘nothing new under the sun,’ why not try a different path?

Or as one of the lines in the song states, ‘Don’t be the rule, be the exception!’

* For the sake of expedience, I have ignored all the symbolism of Kris Kringle. Specifically that KK is two thirds of KKK, or numerically that K.K. is 11:11. On an up note, Snow Miser/ Heat Miser follows Put One Foot in Front of the Other, worth a listen!