Disney’s 1994 classic, ‘The Lion King’ introduced us to many African cultural and linguistic references. The most iconic phrase used in the film is without a doubt ‘Hakuna Matata,’ an expression in Swahili which roughly translated means, “no worry.”
What makes Hakuna Matata a “problem-free philosophy” is the deeper understanding from which it stems: that everything in our lives is temporary, cyclical and impermanent.
Everything that exists in the physical universe is subject to the laws of change. Our physical bodies, our health, each one of our relationships, careers, jobs, financial status will eventually come to an end.
Everything you hold dear to your heart, every dream, every desire, every vision, goal or project you want to manifest will eventually come to pass or be replaced by what happens next.
Every problem, adverse circumstance or challenge you’re currently facing and feeling worried or stressed about will eventually lapse.
Can you think for a moment about what was happening in your life precisely five years ago? Where where you? What was happening in your life? What were you most worried about? What was keeping you up at night?
Now let me ask you, what did worrying so much about it get you? Was it all worth it?
Worrying is like praying to the devil. Why? Because each time you worry about something or someone, your focus is on the problem and not the solution. This not only perpetuates the problem but it is a misuse of your creative energy.
Instead, what if you could re-direct your creative fire towards becoming the kind of person who would naturally overcome such problems or experience the total opposite of what you’re currently experiencing?
If you were such a person, how would you feel emotionally right now? Would you feel more calm, peaceful, or grateful? More importantly, what would you start doing differently right now?
The next time you catch yourself worrying about the worst thing that could happen, say to yourself ‘Hakuna Matata!’ Use this phrase as a powerful mantra to help you move away from fear and worry towards finding a creative solution. This simple prayer can help you get started.
We overcome our problems and challenges not by worrying about them, but by finding a creative solution through the combined forces of our heart, mind and will power in action.
Hakuna Matata! What a wonderful phrase! Whatever it is you’re going through right now is a passing craze. Within you is the power to change, grow and rise above it.
From my heart to yours.
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