What did Walter Mitty Teach Me

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

On Sunday afternoon as I was sitting preparing for 2014, I decided I wanted to take a break and get out of the house. I grabbed my hat and coat, and out the door I went. I walked up to the local mall and decided seeing a movie and getting out of my head for a little while would do me some good.

As I looked over the possible choices, one movie kept jumping out at me… The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. I do love adventure movies.

I thought the Secret Life of Walter Mitty was a brilliant representation of a person who wants and craves more from life. They have played it safe and secure behind a desk and a so-called career. When love is at stake, Walter reaches beyond his limits and let’s go of fear. What lies ahead is a magnificent tale of adventure, courage and facing challenges once thought to be greater than he. At the end, you see a renewed man who knows without doubt that he can now face any experience that flows to him.

The movie itself has beautiful scenery of Iceland, Greenland and the Himalayas. Ben Stiller does a great job of balancing comedy with soul searching yet quiet drama. I walked away from that theatre with my own renewed intention to continue having as many adventures as I can in this life. It was encouraging and reaffirming.

That was exactly what I needed. As I was walking home, I set my intentions for 2014.


What did Walter Mitty teach me?

  1. To live a life of adventure
  2. To look fear right in the eye and keep moving forward
  3. To believe in Love
  4. To balance life’s lessons with laughter, grace and humility
  5. To be confident and courageous
  6. To use imagination (which is the key to manifestation) to seek what I desire
  7. To create solutions from challenges


If you watch this movie, you will see each of these intentions on several scenes of the movie. Walter didn’t let anything stop him from getting what he wanted. He pushed past fear. He drew courage through imagination and love.  He created solutions where other people may have given up.

He finally manifested a life of adventure even if it took 16  years of fantasy to make it happen. Ah, patience. He was a man of great patience. Beautiful.

Isn’t it great how the universe will put all the tools right in front of you exactly when you need them to move you forward. These seven intentions is exactly what I needed to see my world open up in 2014. I will look at these daily, morning and night. Read them with full feeling and infused love. My actions will be judged against these to know that what I want to create in 2014 will be adventurous, fearless and courageous, done with love, grace, laughter, confidence and humility, will contain creative solutions to any challenges I may face, and will come from my imagination or as I like to say infinite potentiality.

Happy New Year!!!


15 replies
  1. Deva
    Deva says:

    Hi,,Thanks for the post..awesome movie…Believe in love….after seen this movie i was googling for “The purpose of life” quote..I found your picture having that beautiful lines about life with beautiful scenery of Iceland ..Thanks once again…Feeling happy..God bless…

  2. Daisy
    Daisy says:

    This sounds like the kind of movie I’d be all over, how is it that I haven’t heard of it?? Those 7 lessons you got out of it are great reminders for the year ahead. Number 6 is extremely powerful and something we tend to forget. I’d love to read a follow up piece at the end of the year to see how you did. Thanks for the review, I’ll be catching this movie now.
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  3. Kate Lindsay
    Kate Lindsay says:

    Its a movie that is on my list to see. You’re review has just put it in top spot as I identify closely with your list if intentions for 2014. I love it when the Universe gives you exactly what you are asking for in short term and obvious ways. It feels a bit like a fun game
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    • Connie Benedict
      Connie Benedict says:

      The universe can work in mysteries ways to move you forward. I have noticed over my years that if I quiet my mind or distract it, the universe can get me messages quicker. Movies are sometimes the perfect remedy for that method.

  4. Lisa Friedt
    Lisa Friedt says:

    I must admit…I am not a movie buff…but thanks to this post….I will definitely be watching this one. Not to mention…writing down the seven intentions listed above! Thank you so much for this!

  5. Elleyess
    Elleyess says:

    Loved this synopsis and how you’ve detailed out the specific life lessons learned. And what great lessons they are! I have been inspired to watch this movie.

    Happy new year!

    • Connie Benedict
      Connie Benedict says:

      I love when I can gleam life lessons from movies that are relevant in my life. Doesn’t always happen but when it does, I know it is the universe directing me to that special movie just when I need to watch it. Happy New Year!

  6. Terry Gotham
    Terry Gotham says:

    Thanks for the recommendation! I don’t usually catch movies but if it’s as picturesque & motivating as you say I may need to make an exception 😀 Happy 2014 to you as well!


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