We can learn lessons about ourselves and about life in many different ways – through books, through movies, through friendships, etc – all we have to do is pay attention and stay curious. Recently, Adam and I took Emerson to see the movie The Jungle Book, and it was one of those movies that spoke to me about some specific life lessons. After crying and cheering at the end of the movie, I was left with deeper things to ponder. Here’ a few of my take aways:
Lesson #1: Be Yourself
First of all, we are not meant to be anyone other than ourselves, the person God created us to be. When we try to be someone other than who we are, we will never thrive and reach our unique potential.
Stop comparing yourself to your neighbor, coworker, friend, etc. They are them, and you are you. The more you compare and compete with someone else, the less time you are spending developing yourself and the unique giftings and talents you have.
Lesson #2: Know Yourself
In addition, we need to know ourselves fully. It’s important to know our strengths and weaknesses. In knowing our weaknesses, it allows us to plan for and safeguard against our vulnerabilities. If we don’t know our weaknesses, they can catch us off guard and hurt us and others.
Knowing ourselves well means taking the time to self-reflect and be honest with our internal and external struggles. Burying our heads in the sand, ignoring or avoiding our weaknesses doesn’t make them go away. It just makes us more vulnerable to greater harm. What we face brings freedom. What we hide brings oppression.
Lesson #3: Connect With Others
Furthermore, we are wired for connection and to live in community. We are not meant to go through life alone. Beautiful things happen when we help others and allow others to help us. When we allow the strengths of others to help us in our weaknesses, we can also use our strengths to help others in their weaknesses.
Community can be family, friends, neighbors, church, or coworkers. Be willing to invest in and be loyal to a group of people you can commit to walk alongside, making sacrifices to be there in the good and bad times for others. Be willing to ask for help and give help. You will bear lasting fruit.
What life lessons are you learning? Are you paying attention to people and things around you that you can learn from? If not, try slowing down and asking yourself “what can I learn from this”? I guarantee, there are lessons all around you.
What life lessons are you learning? Are you paying attention to people and things around you that you can learn from?