Stop, and Go Sit On a Park Bench

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Disneyland Map

On a getaway celebrating our anniversary, I found myself at Disneyland sitting on a park bench waiting on my wife in the restroom. This is a practice that I am all too familiar with.

As I sat there on that park bench gazing at the beauty of the parks, the families laughing, the balloons being sold, the smell of cotton candy, Pluto greeting guests, the trolly bringing guests into the park, I thought, “Wow, none of this would have happened had Walt Disney not sat on a park bench and stopped.”

Think about that for a minute. There would be no Disneyland, Walt Disney World, or Epcot had he not sat down to enjoy his family and rest on a park bench. I have bought into the lie so many times that you have to be busy to create amazing things. If Walt was in the office that day, the happiest place on earth would not exist.

Walt Disney was spending an afternoon with his daughters, Diane and Sharon, at the carousel at Griffith Park, sitting on a park bench, and thought families need a place to spend time together. So sitting there on that park bench, he dreamed up the idea for “Mickey Mouse Park,” which later became known as Disneyland. The bench is on display when you enter Disneyland. It may have all started with a mouse, but Disneyland started with a bench.

It All Started with a Bench

Had Walt put a film or creating another project before his family, you would not be able to splash on a mountain or you may never have known that it was a small world after all.

Amazing things happen when we hit the pause button…if even for a moment. I had to come to a realization that as much as I would like to be, I am not a super hero. Which is good news because that means you will never have to see me in spandex. Bad news… I don’t have a cape. But it doesn’t mean that I can’t do what others thought wasn’t possible. Almost every great idea I have ever had came from a time where I paused.

Sadly, many times we get stuck on pause and never put into action what we heard in the silence. It’s not enough just to pause and dream. Anyone can do that. Walt Disney has taught me that some people sit on park benches & dream up the impossible, but some get off the bench & do the impossible!

Today pause, sit on a park bench. Dream up the impossible, then go and do it.

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