10 Life Lessons to Learn from Tom and Jerry

Almost every episode starts with a desperate scream of how to eat Jerry! Tom uses every strategy, tools and weapons to kill Jerry, and Jerry keeps finding relevant means of way to escape. He comes out unhurt even if Tom successfully swallows him. Sometimes, the fight takes an ugly and destructive shape compelling Jerry to uses explosives to blow up Tom’s face or portion of body but he never intends to kill him. After the temporary journey of pain, sufferings, and tortures, Jerry always wins and proves size does not always matter. Both Tom and Jerry have their own challenges, adversaries but they were born to never give up; they bounce back with victories.

Here are 10 life lessons we can learn from these two legendary cartoon characters:

1. We fight with our nearest and dearest ones because we feel it is our right. Well, it doesn’t really matter how much or how many times we fight; what matters is do we provide emotional security in the face of threats? Do we offer our shoulders when they are in need of us or stand by them when they feel isolated? Do we let them feel the indissoluble bond with them? Do you share our happiness in the wonderland of life?

2. If you are witty and poised then your size does not matter at all. A weak might get frightened for a moment but he can win over the strongest with his intelligence and great wits. Jerry doesn’t do heroic works, he just makes the best use of his brain and wins. If you ever feel lost, humiliated, disappointed, or weak, return to yourself and try to explore your strength. “you never know how strong you are… until being strong is the only choice you have.” ― Cayla Mills

3. Confidence matters. Eleanor Roosevelt has said it best, “Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Jerry ultimately wins and brims with confidence. He knows very well how to escape all the obstacles regardless of how many times he stumbles on it.

4. At times, your best friend might behave roughly or seem to be your greatest enemy. It’s not the time to express your anger in foul language and prove him or her wrong. It is quite likely that your friend expects you to be more sensible and wise in difficult situations and wants you to acknowledge your mistake. Compassion and love are expressed in a variety of ways anger is one of them.


5. A little home, sufficient food and a true friend are enough to be happy.

6. Sometimes we don’t actually learn from our failures, Tom attacks Jerry in almost the same patterns and as usual Jerry escapes.

7. Even a small little thing can make you feel how diminutive you are in front of his/her guts, courage and confidence. Stay grounded and rooted; and never humiliate somebody for their height or size.

8. Sometimes you feel that you are the best person to know how to make something happen and you have seen it every way without having a slightest idea that there is somebody who knows it better than you.

9. Sometimes, some tricks that we consider idiotic or meaningless work wonders.

10. Be prepare to face difficulties even if you have had enough of it. There is an old saying, “Every difficulty is an opportunity in disguise!” Be prepared and let them come and get you bothered; they will make you stronger and wiser as a person. It often happens that whenever Tom thinks that all is done Jerry plays his card and wins.

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  • http://www.wordpress.com/vijayabhanukote vijayabhanukote

    hahahaha…loved this post dear :-) innovative indeed…

  • http://www.antiquesartgallery.com/ Mousumi Kumar Saha

    Thanks Vijaya :-)

  • Srini

    Well analysed and written, Great reading !

  • http://leonardbowcott.com Len Bowcott

    A great article. I have to admit, it was the title of my favorite childhood cartoon that got me. Now I can tell people I didn’t waste hours watching toons as a child… I was watching educational television and refer them to your article as proof;)

    • http://www.antiquesartgallery.com/ Mousumi Kumar Saha

      Great to know that you liked the article, Len!!
      Well, my 31 year old husband and my 2.5 year old son are addicted to watching Tom and Jerry!!
      I was wondering what makes them love it so much and thus the idea of writing something like above crossed my mind :-)

  • Rajan

    Brilliant… One can learn from cartoons as well.

    • http://www.antiquesartgallery.com/ Mousumi Kumar Saha

      And you make sure you let your kids and young ones watch them :-)
      Thanks for stopping by and reading the article!!

  • http://www.leopardoeditora.com.br Maxim Behar

    Hi Mousumi, you showed me great lessons using Tom & Jerry and remembering me a long long time ago.
    Thank you for all.
    Best

    • http://www.antiquesartgallery.com/ Mousumi Kumar Saha

      Thanks Maxim!
      It feels great that you liked my effort :-)
      have a great day ahead!

  • Jessicaleo

    Its awesome..one of my fav. cartoons
    Inspirational for me..always, thanks for sharing with all..:)

    • http://www.antiquesartgallery.com/ Mousumi Kumar Saha

      Pleasure is truly mine, Jessica :-)
      It feels great that you liked my effort.

  • http://www.aimkaam.com Challa S.S.J.Ram Phani

    Nice to learn from Tom & Jerry. Very innovative article. Thanks for creating and sharing!

    • http://www.antiquesartgallery.com/ Mousumi Kumar Saha

      Thanks for the appreciating words, Challa!

  • Sonali

    Brought back memories of a favorite cartoon of mine during my childhood days and even now! Thanks for a great read :)

  • Puran Mewahang Rai

    My favorite carton, i love it

  • http://www.apsk.net Vineet

    You are an amazing observer..

    Looking forward for more lessons from other Cartoons we have seen in our childhood.

    Thanks for writing!

  • Aloo

    The eye level maintained in this series is that of a child’s height, quite something to be noticed.

    Just like the Monalisa painting by Leaonardo da Vinci is focussed in the center of the face and kind of fades away when we go radially away from the center.

    Just a thought to share!!!

    Value your action (writings) on sharing the deep motivational thoughts that one may derive from everyday occurrences!!! Something applicable to the human race across all barriers, other than it being in English. Suggest a Bengali version, and others……

    • http://www.antiquesartgallery.com/ Mousumi Kumar Saha

      Thanks very much for your comments in several posts :-)
      Well, the best would be you suggested us some topics..or thought of sending us some guest posts…why not?

      Regarding a Bengali version, I have already made up my mind but the design (the Wp theme) will need a lot of overhauling and that’s the only painful issue. Will get to something soon!!

      • Aloo

        Thank you so much for your kind reply (even on Maha Shaptami of Durgoutsav) and hope my pen name remains acceptable!!!

        Looking forward to your lucid presentation in Bengali as it would give both of us better food for thought in an arena of how to succeed, balanced in all spheres of life!

        • http://www.antiquesartgallery.com/ Mousumi Kumar Saha

          No problem about the pen name :-)

          • http://www.antiquesartgallery.com/ Mousumi Kumar Saha

            I sent you a mail on your ID, I hope you received.

  • http://www.petezafra.com Pj Zafra

    Great article here! Came over from WF. I love Tom & Jerry! :-) Love how you creatively came up with this. Keep it up!