I so much love the movie, Moana. You can have a preview of it on YouTube here if you have not watched it. There are six powerful lessons that will improve our lives, relationships and leadership skills from the movie.
Don’t live a stereotypical life just as Moana’s dad tried to make her do: the normal way others do especially when you have a strong urge to do something different.
Definitely do not urge someone else to do so (especially your kids) except you want them to end up the same level you are in.
Do not listen to people dissuading you all because of their own life experiences.
Moana’s dad had a single one-off experience that made him try to dissuade her from going after her desires. Just as stated in the article “Why people love to make other miserable”, many people usually advise or act out of their own experiences but their situations might not be the same. Coming to relationships, I have had cases where certain ladies believe strongly that all men cheat not because their spouse cheat but hey hear it from others. Then they start behaving in a way that shows no trust to something existing only in their mentality. Also, do not use because of relationship to kill your dream or your spouse’s dream rather be a support.
The people who you think are great and powerful also need support, care and gifts;
Maui, even though a god, needed encouragement from the little girl Moana to get his confidence back. In one my posts on Facebook, I said that even though God has everything and do not actually need anything from us, yet, He asked us to give our little to him. The reason is to teach us a lesson: when someone you think is very rich constantly gives you gifts, once in a while, give back to the person. When it is one person, in a relationship, that is constantly showing care and love without reciprocation from the other person, one day the emotional bank will surely deplete. Give back in your own little way!
People act the way they do, not really that it is their true nature, rather because of their past experiences OR what they are presently passing through.
Moana’s dad as stated above is one. Te Fiti, a gentle and loving goddess turned into a monster because of her stolen heart. Even, many stories were told about how evil the monster was and in the same stories how caring Te Fiti was. It took Moana to realize this and the game changed. It will take just listening, patience and empathy to get to why a lot of people act the way they do and when you understand why, your paradigm will change. Also, healing for the wounded will begin.
Do not neglect even the least person in your team.
Hei Hei was the most neglected animal in the kingdom but it was Moana’s only companion throughout the perilous journey and even saved the day in the fight with the Coconut Pirates.
Do not give up! Even when your most trusted gives up on you or you meet setbacks that would make you cry.
I suggest that you have core values/intents/ underlying reasons that will keep you moving forward. You are free to cry at those moments but don’t forget to get up and move forward! Also try to be with people in their toughest moment and not abandon the ship. Moana’s grand mum did encouraged her in her toughest moment giving her the boldness. By the way, the encouraging words you speak to people in good moments can be helpful in their tough moments.
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