Mary Poppins is still my hero

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I’ve remarked often that I could be the love child of Mary Poppins and Johnny Appleseed. Johnny Appleseed (whose birth name was John Chapman), traveled all over the US (especially the mid-west and northeast) planting apple nurseries and orchards. According to Michael Pollan, none of the apple varieties Johnny Appleseed planted were eatable but their primary purpose was in providing the raw materials for hard cider and apple jack – hmmm. That description should leave limited questions about my affinity for Johnny Appleseed … But that’s a discussion for another day.

Mary Poppins, though! She measures up to “Practically perfect in every way”. The following are 10 reasons why Mary Poppins is still my hero …

  1. She gets the job done!
  2. She moves when the wind changes. She always arrives at the right moment. She exists fully where she is and she always knows when to leave. She never arrives to stay but she never really leaves you, either.
  3. She practices deep compassion without being codependent.
  4. She’s honest and doesn’t co-sign on other people’s issues.
  5. “Well Begun is Half Done”—planning is key to implementation, efficiency, and effectiveness.
  6. “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down”—work and order are important, and yet, they’re meaningless without play and laughter. Also, sometimes you have to play along even when you’re not amused.
  7. Time and space are illusions–things and people aren’t always what they seem, don’t judge a book by its cover, you can always fit one more thing into your bag.
  8. She doesn’t discriminate against people (or other sentient beings) based on their position in society—including birds, bankers, chimney sweeps, and cartoon penguins who talk.
  9. She knows her power and channels it effectively for the betterment of those around her without losing her sense of self.
  10. She is a keen observer of the human condition.

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