Life Lessons From Mickey Mouse


As I was watching Mickey Mouse this morning, a ritual we do every morning because it’s the only thing on TV that Levi likes and is wholesome, I found a life lesson in today’s cartoon. To set this up Mickey saw a sign from Mars that said please come help. So they all got on board their trusty space rocket that Mickey conveniently hides inside his playhouse and off they went to Mars.

They all began singing a song and Goofy closed his eyes and steered the ship with his feet. Daisy sang, “Watch out, you’ll hit the moon.” Then she said no I really meant that. He opened his eyes just in time to swerve over the moon. (Sorry for the bad quality) Watch and see if you see the life lesson in this quick clip.

Did you see it?

Notice no one screamed and hollered at Goofy for having a near fatal crash with the moon. As a matter of fact did you notice that Mickey even commended him for being such a great driver? Goofy even said himself that’s why he was captain of the ship. Nobody gave him the cornered eye. Nobody said anything negative. As a matter of fact they all sat back relaxed and commended him.

How often do we need not barrage someone with insults or negative feedback but instead give positive reinforcement? Maybe next time you want to unload on someone for coming close to messing something up but didn’t, try a little positive feedback. I’m learning this one too.

Thanks Mickey!

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About Kevin Riner
child of grace, worshiper of Jesus, husband, father, Pastor of Village Church, author of Faith Debugged

3 Responses to Life Lessons From Mickey Mouse

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  2. I agree that positive reinforcement is good, but i feel that it is also important to give construction feedback to others even when it is not positive feedback. The whole point is to help others learn from their mistakes and not berate them for their mistakes because everyone makes mistakes.

    • Kevin Riner says:

      The problem with constructive feedback is more times than not it becomes “destructive” feedback.

      Although I agree with you constructive feedback is almost the same as advice and unwanted advice is merely negative criticism.

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