This weekend, I planned to see an old friend and in doing so, brought back all sorts of memories – some good, and some sad. I mentioned this to said friend, and they reminded me of a scene from the Disney’s The Lion King, where a grown up Simba is taught a lesson about the past in a memorable way by the soothsayer mandrill Rafiki.
The conversation prompted me to rent the movie and watch once more. Yet again, I am “struck” by the wisdom found in a Disney movie. So I walk away from my encounter changed–vowing to learn from my past.
Adult Simba: I know what I have to do. But going back will mean facing my past. I’ve been running from it for so long.
[Rafiki hits Simba on the head with his stick]
Adult Simba: Oww. Jeez… What was that for?
Rafiki: It doesn’t matter, it’s in the past.
Adult Simba: Yeah, but it still hurts.
Rafiki: Oh yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.