I love Disney’s Moana. It gives me so much pleasure that I often turn it on while I am in the kitchen or working in the house. The animation is nothing short of awesome, the music is amazing, Moana is an outstanding hero, and Dwayne Johnson as Maui is absolutely showstopping. If you haven’t seen it, make a point of it. You won’t be disappointed.
Like with all Disney movies, there are lots of good lessons about strength and courage and friendship, but there is one in particular that stands out for me, and it comes at the point when (SPOILERS)…
Moana returns the heart to Te Fiti, revealing that the monster is actually the goddess without her heart. Moana sings a song that really moves me (with all due credit to Disney who holds the copyright to the movie):
I have crossed the horizon to find you.
I know your name.
They have stolen the heart from inside you,
but this does not define you.
This is not who you are.
You know who you are.
Sometimes you are so bombarded with the events and expectations of the world that you lose sight of who you are at your heart–What are your personal priorities that the world does not choose for you? What are your talents and gifts that the world would have you believe are not the best things for you to be doing? What right does the world have to put you in a place where you do not want to be? Don’t you feel like an angry lava monster?
This goes back to the concept of you being an important piece of the great cosmic puzzle, exactly as you are. Find the place and do the things that make you happy. Don’t let the world steal your heart.