One of my favorite movies is the “Lion King”, it may be a cartoon, but it definitely is in the category of all time fav’s for me! Hakuna Matata! When this movie came out in 1994, I saw it three times in the theater. Yes I said three times. When it came out in 3D, I was there there the first night to watch it once again! I pretty much have all of the lines memorized and every scene still touches me as if I had seen it for the first time.
One of the lines in the movie that I’m sure will always stick with me is when Mufasa speaks to Simba in a cloud after he’s deceased. He tells Simba, “Remember who you are!” That scene is so powerful and even though I saw it many years ago, that very line comes back to my remembrance and it speaks to me.
When life’s distractions, hardships or our failures seem to kick our teeth in, we can lose sight of what’s important, we can lose sight of who we are. Break ups, a struggling marriage, the person you’ve been trying to date for months rejects you. The one you love tells you they’re no longer in love with you, all of these can take the wind out of us and knock us down flat on our face. As a result these type of situations can leave us with our hearts and minds questioning, “Who am I?”
Feelings of inadequacy, failure and despair creep in and you begin to believe that this is it. You will never rise from these ashes. As real as those feeling come across, the truth is you’re never inadequate, a failure or in despair unless you agree with it. And “it” is a lie.
We can learn from this cartoon that in these times it’s imperative to remember who we are. Not just remember, but also act. If you need to remind yourself that you’re powerful, then follow it up with a powerful action. If you need to remind yourself that you’re loving, then follow that up with a loving action. Reminding ourselves of who we are is crucial, however following it up with an action is what seals the deal.
The power of experience is life changing, so make sure that you give yourself a real opportunity to experience what you are reminding yourself of. Remember who you are, boy Mufasa was on to something!