In the film “The Lion King”, young Simba is visited by the spirit of his father Mufasa who tells him, “You have forgotten who you are … you are more than what you have become.”
This is an important message to ponder as we move forward, facing the normal ups and downs of living. We all experience times when we forget who we are and lose our way.
In order to provide guidance, all great religions and philosophies venerate their ancestors. This is why study and celebrate our history. We need to be reminded of the greatness in others because when we embrace their essence, we too become who we are meant to be.
We may ask ourselves, however, if our ancestors really did leave a legacy which we want to follow. In many cases, they did not. They did horrible things which we may be tempted to forget.
We have no control over the past, but we do control how we respond in the present. We do not control the future, but we do determine the legacy that we leave, be it positive or negative.
The question to ask is, “How will history judge us?” Are we doing all that we can to make a better, kinder world, or are we conforming to ignorance and injustice?
We are indeed more than what we have become, and becoming our best selves is not only a challenge for each of us, it is a challenge for all of humanity. The more of us who consciously choose to do good, the better our world becomes.
Greatness is something which lives in each and every one of us.