One of the most epic animated movies made by Disney, The Lion King was first released in 1994 and was the first Disney animated feature to be an original story.
The movie tells the story of Simba, a lion cub who is to succeed his father, Mufasa, as King of the Pride Lands. After his uncle murdered his father, the young lion had to undergo many challenges in the search for his destiny as king. Simba must also understand the ’Great Circle of Life’, which connects all living things.
This month, Disney released a remake of the movie, starring Beyonce, Donald Glover and Chiwetel Ejiofor. But the story is still the same, and the lessons still poignant.
This summer, as you take the kids to the movies to enjoy the new Lion King movie, keep in mind these valuable life lessons. Point them out to your kids, and maybe save a thing or two for yourself. After all, the fantasy world of animated movies is only a reflection of our world.
Lessons from The Lion King...In Quotes
1. "Believe in yourself and there will come a day when others will have no choice but to believe with you." Mufasa
This is something every child should learn early. In this world of uncertainty and fleeting ideals, it's important to know who you are. Children should learn to be content in their own skin, and know that they are enough. It's the first step to getting others to believe in and appreciate you.
2. "Look beyond what you see." Rafiki
Teach your children to look beyond what can be seen to the endless possibilities that lie in the invisible world of potentials. Nothing is truly impossible, and the ability to dream up the impossible is what great people are made of.
3. "There’s more to being a king than getting your way all the time." Mufasa
Children want something, and they want it now. But life doesn't always give us what we want. Teaching your children this truth will help equip them with the survival skills required for the real world.
4. "Change is good." Rafiki
Change is the one thing that's constant about life, and it's not always bad. This life lesson will help your children cope with the ever changing times and seasons of life.
5. "Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance and respect all the creatures, from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope." Mufasa
Our world functions with such amazing precision. Everything is connected somehow. We get clean oxygen from the green plants, and we give them carbon dioxide in return. Nature balances things out. That's why children must learn to appreciate and respect everyone that they come across. Even in our differences, we all are special. This is an invaluable life lesson.
6. "Out of the ashes of this tragedy, we shall rise to greet the dawning of a new era." Scar
It's not over, until it's over. And when it's over, sometimes the end of something gives us the opportunity to create the most beautiful new beginning. So there's no reason to ever lose hope or give up. This invaluable life lesson will help your children build the tenacity that we all need to win at life.
7. "It’s times like this my buddy Timon here says: you got to put your behind in your past." Pumba
Let kids learn to leave the past in the past. There's no use hanging on to what is gone and will never return. The future and the present, that's what is important. That's what needs our attention.
8. "I’m only brave when I have to be. Being brave doesn’t mean you go looking for trouble." Mufasa
Being a confident child is not an excuse to become a bully. Your child's confidence should veer him towards excelling at school and trying out leadership positions. It's certainly not a recipe for pulling others down.
9. "Any story worth telling is worth telling twice." Rafiki
Children need to learn the importance of living their truth, and telling the truth all of the time. In this world today, there too many things and people trying to drown out our voices. But it's important that we don't let them.
Above all, The Lion King teaches us that we can overcome any challenge life throws our way, if we don’t let worries overwhelm us. Another valuable lesson offered by the movie, is that power can be blinding.
Republished from Africaparent
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