Life Lessons

10 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 cartoon. So when her story was made into a movie, I was curious. 

Here's a closer look at my favorite villain and the life lessons I've learned from the first Maleficent movie.

10 Life Lessons Learned from Maleficent Movie

1. Forgiveness sets you free.

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 apologize before you forgive them. 

By then it may be too late. 

Decide to forgive now for your peace of mind.

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.

Choose to forgive and set yourself free.

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2. We choose the life we want.

There's evil in this world but it has no power over you unless you allow it to. 

Every day, you make a choice

Mocha or latte.
Save or spend.
Choose food that heals or food that harms.
Spread kindness or hatred.
Respond or react.
Find a way or find an excuse.
Smile or frown.
Love or indifference.

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

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3. What goes around comes around.

Kindness begets kindness. Hate begets hate. 

No matter how hard you try to be kind to everyone sometimes, someone will repay it with hostility.

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.

(Unless of course serious damage or abuse is involved. Then you should take action).

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4. Master yourself. 

It’s normal to be angry when you’re hurt. It is a healthy response.

It’s never okay to live with the pain and let your anger control you.

Tame that angry beast inside you. Or else...

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

Anger steals joy and peace.

It will make you miserable. You could 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).

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5. Create your own happiness.

Don't make another person your source of happiness. 

Make your own sunshine.

Choose to be happy

Stop holding on to what causes you misery or stress.

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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6. Greed destroys.

Envy kills. Negative and toxic feelings will eventually consume you if you will allow them.

Greed will destroy you. 

King Stefan in the movie wanted more. 

His insatiable hunger for worldly things destroyed his family and drove him to madness. It eventually led to his death.

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7. Hurting people hurt people. 

Misery loves company. 

People who are wounded tend to wound others. 

They are screaming for help and desperate for healing but don't know what to do. 

They feel empty. Instead of looking at emptiness as a gift, they end up filling themselves with negativity. 

Their words are like knives that cut. 

They are difficult to be around. 

They will drain your energy.

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

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8. Know the story behind the story. 

I used to think that Maleficent was born evil

Who would curse a baby?

I never asked why she did what she did. 

What drove her to become this evil?

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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9. Teamwork is important.

We all need a reliable backup to accomplish our goals. 

A team of people to cheer us on or 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 in us. But will never walk away.

Who is on your team?

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Words can build and destroy life. 

Be careful with what you say. Once spoken, you can't take them 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 on a person.

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Bonus lesson: never mess with a woman with red lipstick. 🤣

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Realizations about Maleficent:

Who is Maleficent?

Maleficent is the most powerful fairy who lives in the Moors, a magical forest realm bordering a human kingdom. She fell in love with her first and only human friend Stefan. 

Stefan's ambition and desire for power drove him to betray Maleficent, leaving her heartbroken and hateful.

1. Maleficent represents every one of us. 

Maleficent was born good. She believed in the goodness of men before she was betrayed. 
She did not hurt anyone. The concept of betrayal was foreign to her. This left her lost and wrathful.

She wallowed in her pain and hatred. 
She shut the world out and became vindictive.
I’ve read stories like this. About villains who used to be good. Until something awful happened to them.

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.

Maleficent had a choice. Like all of us. 

She could either let her emotions control her, or master her emotions and control them.   

It's not easy to stay calm when you’ve given your all only to be taken advantage of.

3. Life has a twisted sense of humor. 

What she despised and was obsessed with turned out to be the reason for her to change. 

Another proof that behind every burden is a blessing. In every trial, there lies a treasure. 


I love knowing the other side of the story

The movie Maleficent is a perfect 5 for me.

Have you seen Maleficent? What life lessons have you learned from it?

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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...