That Golden Ticket...

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Ahhh, come on.  Isn't there a part of you, of yours, who wants to find that majestic freedom and luxury in one package you open, one decision you make, one deed you do?

At times, I feel I live a sheltered life.  For the first time, I watched (most of it, I was inspired 3/4 the way through and started to write) the 1971 Film, "Willy Wonka & The Chocalate Factory".  While I don't eat sweets, what an ethical trip down "what we should be about lane".  Charlie Bucket's character bucks the conventional system of born wealth, greed, laziness and sitting around growing fat, by simply doing his best to reach out and change the situation.  If a lesson can learned, it's that enormous miracles are arranged by rudimentary actions in daily life.

Not all of us will get that Golden Ticket of opportunity.  But everyone of us can make/take it.  Sure, it's another nice story of an underdog getting to the proverbial Big Leagues, yet there seems to me a Moral Compass of how doing the right thing is so right, no matter how many wrongs prevail because of said action. 

But when you lose hope, desire, motive, and life ... you lose the opportunity to present yourself to this World.  I don't care if you or I are shoveling shit behind a donkey, that donkey should know that their feces are in good hands shovels.

Someday I'll study, do the homework, and make a better presentation of the lessons learned by the synapses in my brain.  Until then, grab that Golden Ticket.  Especially if it is beyond reach.  It gives you something to shoot for, even when arrows and bullets aren't exactly hitting bull-eyes.

Do you believe?


Comments (39)

Tanya Nouwens
RE/MAX ROYAL (JORDAN) INC. / Tanya Nouwens Inc. - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager

Your posts always leave me thinking and yet somehow speechless, as if you've said it all and anything I would add to the conversation would appear forced and contrite.  So I leave you with this: Is it bad to have chocolate for breakfast? -- Tanya in Montreal

Dec 22, 2009 11:34 PM
Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ
Weichert - Lopatcong, NJ


Every scoop of that shovel helps clear my path to the golden ticket!

Dec 22, 2009 11:35 PM
Andrew Monaghan
The Monaghan Group - Glendale, AZ
CRS, GRI, EPro Associate Broker

Attitude is everything, you can get where you are going if you take the time to believe and then do teh actions needed.

Dec 23, 2009 12:06 AM
Chip Jefferson
Gibbs Realty and Auction Company - Columbia, SC

I cant believe that you have never seen willie wonka and the chocolate factory until now. This is a timeless classic that has to be watched many times.

Dec 23, 2009 12:27 AM
Flemington, NJ

Gene Wilder was much better than Johnny Depp imo.  Seriously, though, points well taken.

Dec 23, 2009 12:41 AM
Paul McFadden
Responsive Pest Control - Seattle, WA
Pest Control, Seattle, WA.

Jason: Thanks for the post. So true. We need to recognize opportunities and take them. Have a great day!



Dec 23, 2009 02:00 AM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Jason, I think we all want to make a difference in some way along our path even if right now we don't know exactly what that mission is. I think it becomes more clearer with age. Me, I want more freedom to do what I really want. What do I really want? How about more sleep LOL as a start.

Dec 23, 2009 02:51 AM
Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX

I cannot believe you get by with this stuff but I like it. Now give Jennifer some chocolate!

Dec 23, 2009 03:10 AM
Marcy Eastham
Town & Country Realty Corvallis Oregon - Corvallis, OR

I agree with Michael, the Gene Wilder version is better if not as dazzling.  Still, the message endures and you have captured it perfectly.  Have a merry little Christmas.

Dec 23, 2009 04:57 AM
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Jason I hope you and your family have an awesome Christmas and new year!

Dec 23, 2009 05:15 AM
Judy Rhoades

The movie is great and aside from the lesson of morality on Charlies part, did you pick up on the umpa-loompas (spelling?) lessons? TV will rot your brain and that spoiled kids are the parents fault? Those are great little lessons!

Are you aware that this is also a book?


Dec 23, 2009 05:25 AM
Paul Slaybaugh
Realty Executives - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate

My ticket is pewter. 

Dec 23, 2009 06:33 AM
Amy Law
Alliance Properties - Crosby, TX

If you think the movie is good, you should read the book! It's a quick read, but there is alot to it, so it's best to read it more than once.

Dec 23, 2009 06:55 AM
Christa Ross
RE/MAX Select Realty - REALTOR and Green Homes Specialist - Pittsburgh, PA
Helping you buy and sell Pittsburgh's Best Homes

I love that movie and watched it last night too!

Dec 23, 2009 07:56 AM
Alexander Harb
Knights Investing - Mesquite, TX
Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing

I am right there, passing out flyer's for an agent in a city I just moved to...... I KNOW things will get better if i just stay the course and do what is right to do.....

GREAT POST, Jason......

(excrement not withstanding....hehehehe)

Dec 23, 2009 10:21 AM
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

I still haven't seen Willie Wonka and I likely never will, but the making and taking of the golden ticket is a golden rule I have always believed in.

Dec 23, 2009 03:14 PM
Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

If a lesson can learned, it's that enormous miracles are arranged by rudimentary actions in daily life.

It is true that sometimes you can make a huge difference in someone else's life by the smallest of actions. 

Dec 26, 2009 02:06 PM
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

I've been a busy little boy over the Holidays.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.

Have a fantastic New Year and I'm looking forward to what 2010 will bring and what we'll bring to 2010.

And Slaybaugh, pewter sure beats the dung green that symbolized my 2009;)

Dec 28, 2009 02:42 AM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

My Economics 301 professor at Texas A&M University, a one Senator Phil Gramm before he became famous as a Senator, convinced me to sit down once a month and write my legislative representatives about things that concerned me, and solutions to those concerns. That was back in 1976. I've been doing it the first Saturday of each month ever since then.

Happy New Year!

Dec 30, 2009 01:20 AM
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Russel - That's a wonderful and productive way to be a productive and vital part of this Nation.  I should probably do the same thing.  Perhaps you've just provided fodder for a resolution.

Have a great 2010, Russel!

Dec 30, 2009 01:45 AM