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Why Doctor Who Is Happy and What We Can Learn From Him

Posted Jan 03 2010 12:00am

In the world of Doctor Who, the last of the Time Lords, when he is near death he is able to regenerate. When this happens he is transformed into a new version of himself.  He looks different and his former identity recedes into the background. However, he retains all his memories and all his talents and knowledge.

He also retains his tremendous joy for life, adventure, risk, and danger, and an immense optimism as well.

Last night, Doctor Who regenerated while traveling away from Earth in the Tardis, his time machine/spaceship. During the regeneration process, the Tardis was damaged.

As the new generation of himself is born, so to speak, and the transformation is complete, he needs a few moments to orient himself to reality and his new identity.

As he does this, one final elusive thought suddenly occurs to him, that the Tardis is speeding downward to Earth and he is about to crash.

And with that realization he starts giggling like a small boy, all whoops and hollers, excited about his latest predicament, and optimistic that he will prevail.

As he grabs onto a chunk of the Tardis, he shouts “Geronimo” with excitement and glee. No fear. No panic. Whatever will be will be.

One thing’s for sure: Whatever happens, Doctor Who is going to make the most of it.

So that’s our lesson: Be happy with whoever we are. Be happy with wherever we are. Be happy with whateve we’re doing. Be happy with whoever we’re with. Be happy to be alive. Jump into life’s predicaments with optimism and positivity. And enjoy the ride!

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