Life Lessons

Life Lessons From Maleficent Movie

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Angelina Jolie in Maleficent movie

I never thought I will learn a lot of life lessons from Maleficent. But I did. 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. 

Here's a closer look at 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 become.

She did not hurt anyone. The concept of betrayal was foreign to her. This left her lost and wrathful.
I’ve read stories like this. About villains who used to be good people (or creatures). That is until 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. Hurting people tend to do unreasonable and illogical things. 

2. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

If you know a woman who has been scorned, you know that this phrase is true. 

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

Forgiveness is setting yourself free.

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. 

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 previous chapter of your life when the part of that story is already over.

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We have the 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? Remember:

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

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What goes around comes 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

The hate they bring you will ruin them back. Don't be like them.

It may be tempting to give your haters a taste of their own medicine but that will not heal your wound.

The best revenge is success. Nothing kills your enemy more than seeing you happy and successful. 

Sit back. Relax. And let karma do her job.

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Master your self. 

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 and consume you.

Tame that angry beast inside you.

You will drive the people around you away.
You will have sleepless nights.
You will get sick.

Anger steals happiness and peace.

In the end, your anger will make you miserable and you will end up like the people who hurt you.

Allow yourself to be angry. Embrace the pain. And then let it go. (I've learned this one from Tuesdays with Morrie ← that's an affiliate link 😉).

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Create your own happiness.

Never let one person steal your joy. 
Don't make another person your source of happiness. 

Create happiness. Make your own sunshine.

Choose to be happy. If something is hindering you from feeling good about yourself, let it go. Stop hanging on to it.

If you free yourself from the things that are weighing you down, life becomes easier. You open yourself up to better options and opportunities.

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Greed destroys.

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

King Stefan wanted more. His love for power and money pushed him to use and hurt people around him. This insatiable hunger for worldly things destroyed his family and drove him to madness which eventually led to his death.

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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 with negativity. It shows in how they treat others and themselves.

Their words are like knives that cut. They are hostile and difficult to be around. They will drain your energy like a vampire sucks out blood and leaves their victims lifeless.

They disrespect you because they can't even respect themselves.

You will never speak to anyone more than you speak to yourself in your head. Be kind to yourself.

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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 more. Heck, sometimes we can even relate to them.

When you meet a toxic person, do you wonder what happened to them or do you judge them right away?

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Teamwork is important.

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---even when we doubt ourselves.

Most importantly, we need friends who will point out the wrong but will never give up on us.

Who is on your team?

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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.

How powerful are words? Dr. Masaru Emoto's experiment showed that words can affect and change the molecular structure of water.

And that's only water. Imagine the effect of words to a person.

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

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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...