Play Doh

One of my favourite scenes in the movie, “How Do You Know?” is when Paul Rudd explained to Reese Witherspoon the story behind Play Doh.  The malleable substance was originally developed as a wallpaper cleaner. An unused cleaner was left in a nursery school and children started playing with it and used it to mould Christmas ornaments. It was then altered (made it softer and produced in different colours) and became one of the most successful modeling compound for arts and crafts.

Paul said that just like Play-Doh, “We are just one small adjustment away from making our life work.”  

True. Very true.  

When we sometimes feel that we are not ‘fit to purpose’, we probably just need that one ‘A-ha’ moment in discovering what is that small alteration we need to make in our lives so we find our real purpose and at the same time achieve genuine joy and satisfaction.


“I’ve been looking out of a window for 18 years, dreaming what I might feel like when those lights rise in the sky. What if it’s not everything I dreamed it would be?”

“It will be.”

“And what if it is? What do I do then?”

“Well, that’s the good part I guess. You get to go find a new dream.”

Like Rapunzel, we sometimes find ourselves close enough to our dreams and when it is almost within reach, we ask, we doubt, we fear.