Three Principles and the Lion King

Standard Thinking

But it’s Mine!

How many of you have brothers or sisters who take your toys or clothes without your permission?

My sister had this horrible habit of taking my clothes, wearing them, throwing them in with her dirty clothes and then I wouldn’t see them for days. I would go crazy looking for the shirt for a whole 30 minutes straight. As I was looking for it, I would be thinking to myself, “it had to be her. She took it and just doesn’t want to tell me! I just know it!” Once I finally got tired of looking for it, I would finally go up to her in a very angry voice and tell her, “you need to find my shirt and give it back! I know you have it!” She would then say, “I don’t know what you are talking about. I don’t even like that shirt.” We would go back and forth like that for about 10 minutes, then I would go back into my room and just be mad at her until I realized I had taken that same shirt over to my grandmother’s house, wore it, got it dirty and took it off so that grandma could wash it. I had left it at my grandmother’s house!

But maybe your brother or sister really did take your toy or clothes. Then what? You get angry and try to take it back. Yes?

What if I told you there was another way? A way where you could be happy, and your brother or sister could be happy.

What if I told you all you had to do was to change your thinking? What do I mean by changing your thinking?

Another Way of Thinking

Remember when in the Lion King Scar was so mad at Mufasa for being King and he built this big plan to take Mufasa’s place and to get rid of Simba? All of this happened because of Scar’s thinking. Scar was thinking Mufasa had something that belonged to him. Yes? What if Scar had changed his thinking instead to something like this: “Mufasa has it for a reason. I may not know the reason, but he has it. If he wants it, he can have it. Soon, he will need my help and I will be there to help him.”

Now what a difference that would make right! He wouldn’t have to go through the trouble of creating a big plan of trying to take Mufasa’s place, he wouldn’t have to go through the trouble of trying to get rid of Simba, he wouldn’t have to go through any of it but would instead have his brother around when he feels sad or needs someone to play with.

You too can change your thinking when your brother or sister has something of yours and you are angry. At that moment that you are angry you have a choice to either get angry or let it go. I’ve learned to let it go because eventually, my sister did let it go and then I got it back. If I didn’t get it back, guess what? I got a new one! Who doesn’t like new stuff!


This is why discovering the powerful difference of just being aware of the Three Principles and the effect they have on our thinking is life-changing.

Author: Briana Rivera

Photo Credit: Disney

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