One of my favorite learnings from the last decade came from Remy, a revolutionary thinker who broke boundaries and challenged stereotypes.Tweet It!
I am referring, of course, to Remy the rat from the Pixar animated film Ratatouille.
Ok, so maybe not as scholarly a source as, say, Heraclitus, the pre-Socratic philosopher we mentioned a few weeks ago.
But this little fella left an impression on me as much as anything I have read or seen in the last five years. From him, I heard wisdom that I come back to often.
The storyline went like this:
Remy, a rat with an incredible sense of smell and taste, dreams of becoming a chef. But his father, Django, wants him to stay within the rat community and not risk his life (or their lives) by meddling in human activities. Django thought Remy’s skills were best suited to sniffing out rat poison. Remy had bigger dreams, but it meant charting an unknown and possibly dangerous path on his own.
Halfway through the film, you get to one of my favorite quotes:
"You can't change nature." - Django
“Change is nature.” - Remy
I love that scene.
It’s a simple and beautiful reminder that — whether we like it or not — the world is constantly changing.
We can either stick to our old ways while the world evolves around us — or we can be a part of, and positively influence, that change.
P.S. Remy is also a perfect example of the theme of Resilience. Despite the challenges he faced, he never gave up. With every setback, he learned something and tried again. Resilience is all about bending — not breaking — in the face of challenge. This September, we explore Resilience through our Holstee Membership. Join today to get it delivered →
Begin your day feeling grounded and inspired.
A free 30-day email series where we share the most impactful stories and ideas that have helped us on our journey to live a more meaningful life.
✌️ Free. Unsubscribe anytime.
“I’m in the midst of big life transitions at the moment, chasing book deals, relocating, taking risks, carving out a life that feels honest, so your emails have been a perfectly timed source of inspiration and reassurance.” Jo in London, Great Britain
"Love the emails! They are a great reset or what I would call mindful chiropractic adjustment to approaching the day. Thank you!" Laurie in Albuquerque, New Mexico
"I love the emails. They give me a new perspective and things to think about and apply in my life." Monica in Johannesburg, South Africa
"It's food for the soul and sets my spiritual compass in the right direction." Farahdiva Samsul in Assam, India
"Absolutely LOVE the daily emails. One of the only email subscriptions I read daily. Keep them coming!!" Adriana in New York, New York
"The emails are thought-provoking and uplifting. A little pause from the crazy happenings of modern life. A quick chance to reflect, smile, and think about a life lived mindfully." Pharan in Queensland, Australia
"I have thoroughly enjoyed the Mindfully Mailed series. Daily I await this little nugget of goodness to hit my inbox each day." Tambria in Shreveport, Louisiana
Welcome to Holstee
Living with intention is an ongoing practice, not a destination. Inspired by this, we’ve created a range of products to help you on your journey to live both fully and mindfully, including the Holstee Membership, Reflection Cards, and our recently-launched Reflection.app.
This article is part of our series on the theme of Resilience.EXPLORE Resilience →
Inspiration and tools to help you live a more meaningful life.VISIT THE SHOP →