Dorothy Syndrome

When you think of home, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? A large house filled with larger than life features? A fireplace with a roaring fire to sip hot cocoa by with your children as the snow falls outside your large bay window? A spacious kitchen wherein you can make meals and cookies with your family when they visit and your children or grandchildren when they are home sick from school? Or do you prefer something more quaint but filled with charm? A front porch where you can sit and watch the sunset and wait for the stars to come out? Two bedrooms overlooking a yard where you can watch your dogs run about and play for hours on end? A staircase where you will take photos of your daughter or son as they prepare to leave for prom? Wherever and whatever you call home, is exactly where you are meant to be. Home is where you are surrounded by those that love you. The place where you feel safe and can’t wait to get back to after a long day or a long trip. No one knew the meaning of home better than Dorothy did in the 1930’s classic movie, “The Wizard of Oz”. Dorothy knew that every good memory and every happy thought resonated within the walls of the house she had left momentarily. And her journey was down a yellow brick road that was only bringing her back home. This is what I have come to call, “Dorothy Syndrome”. Allow me to elaborate:

Once Dorothy left the home she loved, though only figuratively, it was then her mission to find her way back. Along the way, she met people that ultimately helped her on that adventure. Each one represented something that you must have in order to find your way home. At least, that’s how I interpreted it. Firstly, the Scarecrow. He knew that in order to find what you were searching for, you had to have the brains to know where you were going. You have to have some sort of understanding of the “how”. Dorothy knew the home she was trying to get back to. She had a clear picture in her mind. As it is with anyone looking for the place they long to call home. Having that understanding and picture in your mind is a perfect start for getting you there. As long as you know what you are looking for, you will find it. What do you envision when you imagine the word, “home”? Got that picture in your mind? Great!

Let’s continue down the yellow brick road! Next on her journey, she meets the Tinman. With brains by her side, she learns quickly what it means to have heart. The Tinman taught her that nothing is worth it if you don’t have the heart, drive and passion to pursue it. If you have the purpose in your heart, you have a dream. Even though the Tinman still had moments where he felt overwhelmed, he knew that the heart would never steer him wrong and he used this to help direct Dorothy back home. Find your dream in your heart. Find the purpose behind what is leading you home. Sometimes finding your home can be overwhelming, but in the end, your heart knows what is best for you. You just have to trust it will get you where you want to go…home.

Lastly on the yellow brick road, she meets the Cowardly Lion. Personally, he is my favorite in the story. He taught Dorothy that the courage to complete your journey lies within yourself. Even though he was scared and unsure, the Lion knew that bravery was a key component in making your dreams a reality. Life can be scary. Finding your way to the home of your dreams can also be intimidating and scary. But if you have the courage to not give up on what you wish to call home, it will be yours. Through every obstacle, he persevered, because he knew the end result was worth it. Same with you. What do you have that makes you stand apart in times of uncertainty? Courage. It makes all the difference when you just take the chance and jump. Wonderful things can happen.

Once Dorothy had found the brains, heart and courage to lead her home, she took them and found a way to get herself back to the place that mattered most. Even though, the power was in her the whole time. You have the ability to find the home that you dream of. Within you, is the Scarecrow, Tinman, and Cowardly Lion pushing you forward into the home you long for. Don’t be scared to go out and make your dreams a reality. It may take time. You may meet some Wicked Witches along the way, but as long as you have faith and a little water, you can vanquish any obstacle that stands in your way of the home you dream of.

Don’t listen to the nay-sayers shouting, “No one can find a perfect house. Not no way, not no how!” Pay no attention to those people behind the curtain! As long as you have people by your side, family, friends and your Realtor team to guide you and believe in your vision, you only need click your heels together and wake up in the home you wish so much for. Nothing is impossible. So follow the yellow brick road when it arises. It may lead you somewhere beautiful. Take your brains, heart and courage along for the ride. You can find your way to the house you imagine. And like a wise little girl once said, “There is no place like home”. Let us help you find your way there.

-Serina Marshall

REALTOR, The Colarusso Group



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