Life Lessons

Life Lessons From Maleficent

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Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.


I grew up watching evil Maleficent unleashing her wrath in the classic Sleeping Beauty cartoons. So when her story was made into a movie, I was ecstatic. I never thought I will learn a lot of life lessons from Maleficent but I did.

A closer look on this villain I’ve been familiar with since time immemorial was a treat!


Realizations on Maleficent:


1. Maleficent represents every one of us. 

Maleficent was born good. She believed in the goodness of men before she was betrayed and hurt. She wallowed in pain and hatred. She became vindictive and turned into the monster she and everyone around her never thought she could be.

She did nothing to hurt anyone, which left her confused, lost and wrathful when she was used by the man she loved and trusted.
I’ve read similar stories about villains who were good people (or creatures) before something awful happened to them and turned them into hateful beings.

For Maleficent, it was losing faith both in love and in humanity. It was the betrayal that pushed her to be vengeful and curse the life of her “perpetrator”.

Familiar, right? So human.

Hurting people tend to do unreasonable and illogical things. 

2. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

But, Maleficent had a choice. Like all of us. She could either let her emotions control her, or master her emotions and control it.   

It is never easy to stay calm when you’ve given your all and your all has been taken for granted.   

The worst feeling in the world is the feeling of betrayal by the one person you love and trust. 
3. Life has a twisted sense of humor. 

That which she despised and was obsessed with turned out to be the reason for her change. Another proof that behind every burden is a blessing. In every trial, there lies a treasure. 



Life Lessons from the First Maleficent Movie


Forgive

If we open our hearts to forgiveness, great things happen. When we close the chapter that has long been over, a new story starts to unravel. Tweet

Don't wait for the person who hurt you to ask for forgiveness before you forgive. By then it may be too late. Before then, you may have turned into the person even you can't recognize.

Decide to forgive now for your peace of mind and freedom, not for the other person.

Forgive yourself for allowing that person to walk through your mind with their dirty feet.

Stop hanging on to the past because it's already done.

Stop beating yourself up for what happened in the first chapter of your life when the part of that story is already over.



Freedom to choose

There is evil in this world but it has no power over you, unless you allow it to. Every day, you make a choice. Life is about the choices you make.

Mocha or latte.
Save or spend.
Work for your dreams or keep dreaming.
Eat food that heal or food that harm.
Spread kindness or hatred.
Respond or react.
Find a way or find an excuse.
Smile or frown.

It's up to you.

What are you choosing today?

It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
- JK Rowling



What goes around...

Kindness begets kindness. Hate begets hate. No matter how hard you try to be kind to everyone sometimes though, a broken person will come into your life and will try to hurt and break you



Control

It’s okay to feel pain, and be angry when you’re hurt. It is a healthy response.
It’s never okay though to live with the pain and let your anger control you.

Tame that angry beast inside you.



Make your own happiness

Never let one person steal your joy. Don't make another person your source of happiness. Create happiness. Choose to be happy. If it's not making you happy, let it go. Stop hanging on to it.



Greed destroys

Greed will eventually destroy you. Envy kills. Negative and toxic feelings will eventually consume you if you will allow it.



Hurting people hurt people. 

Misery loves company. People who are wounded tend to wound others. They are deep inside screaming for help and desperate for healing but don't know what to do. 

They feel empty but instead of looking at that emptiness as a gift and drive to be better, they end up filling themselves up with negativity. So, it shows in how they treat others and themselves.



Know the story behind the story. 

I used to think that Maleficent was born evil. She just wants to spread darkness and despair. She preys on the innocent. 

I never asked why. I never tried to find out what happened to her. What drove her to become this evil?

After watching the movie, I've realized that as adults, we understand the villain. Heck, sometimes we can even relate to them.



Teamwork

We all need a reliable back up to accomplish our goals. We need a team of people rallying behind us to do the impossible, to cheer us on or to simply support us.

We need friends who believe in us and see our potential. Most importantly, we need friends who will point out the wrong but will never give up on us.

Who is on your team?


Power of words

Word is the most powerful weapon anyone can possess. It can build and destroy a life. Be careful with what you say. There are words you can never take back.



Lastly, never mess with a woman with a red lipstick. 🤣


I love knowing the other side of the story of the tale I've always thought I already know.

The movie Maleficent is a perfect 5 for me.

How about you?
What life lessons have you learned from Maleficent?


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  1. I didn't know maleficent before, only when my little sister was born that I started to know her. I used to read her stories kasi. I haven't watched the movie yet...

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