Remember Who You Are

I guess the young kiddos reading this article still recall this scene from The Lion King Movie when Rafiki told Simba that his father was still alive and later show him where he was. Here is how their conversation goes:

Rafiki: Look down there.

[Slowly Simba walks to the edge of the watering hole and peers inside. His reflection stares back at him]

Adult Simba: That’s not my father. That’s just my reflection.

Rafiki: No. Look harder.

[Rafiki touches the water which causes waves that change Simba’s reflection into Mufasa]

Rafiki: You see? He lives in you.

Mufasa’s Ghost: [From above] Simba.

Adult Simba: Father?

Mufasa’s Ghost: [He appears in the sky as a group of stars] Simba, you have forgotten me.

Adult Simba: No. How could I?

Mufasa’s Ghost: You have forgotten who you are and so have forgotten me. Look inside yourself Simba. You are more than what you have become. You must take your place in the Circle of life.

Adult Simba: How can I go back? I’m not who I used to be.

Mufasa’s Ghost: [Now fully formed in the sky] Remember who you are. You are my son and the one true king. Remember who you are.


Watching that scene really struck me because many times we do not know who we really are, why we are here and where we are going. It was so easy to get lost in the business of life and never ponder on these questions.

We often define ourselves by the way we look at our body. Either fat or slim, beautiful or ugly using the standard we see on the people we admire base on their physical appearance. Sales of slimming pills continue to rise and others suffered dire consequences because of this attempt to get slim. We are not the size of our body.  We are more than what we have become in terms of weight and beauty.

Our degree of education barely defines who we are. Much less our career and the jobs we do. Defining ourselves by the knowledge we acquired and the skills we mastered, and the type of people we got along with is far too limiting. We are more than that.

The amount of material possession we gathered or lack of it simply provides us a source of security and fear. Our economic status reveals only a little of who we really are. When I was very young I thought having lots of money will make me somebody. I believe we are nobody because we are poor. For the longest time I don’t have anything in mind but to be somebody, and the only way to be that is to amass great financial wealth. I was so wrong.

We are not who people tell us who we are. As Les Brown says “Don’t let someone else opinion of you becomes your reality.” And we are not the label we give ourselves either.

We are a spiritual being contained on a physical self, created good with a purpose different from each other. Our job is to find out that purpose and take our place in the circle of life. Live a life that shows it.

Lion King text source

Lion King  video source

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