Angelina Jolie in Maleficent and the Real Power to Awaken Your Magnificence

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Trivia: Which sports star’s name gives the media the most trouble in spelling? (Answer below)

More than 50 years ago Disney released the animated movie Sleeping Beauty. It told a story of celebration turned to indignation. A princess was born but the evil fairy Maleficent showed-up uninvited to the christening. Jolie plays the evil one as the story shows the real power to awaken your magnificence.

Jolie’s character felt slighted for not being invited. So, she placed a curse on the new princess. To minimize the effects of the curse one of the good-natured fairies instead placed the princess in a deep sleep. She would only be awakened from that sleep by a kiss of true love.

This could be the story of good over evil. Maleficent’s motives did not prevail in the long-run. But even beyond that it’s the fact that to awakening the “giant in you” takes a stroke of love. That’s what passion is all about. It’s doing something you love to do so that “good, better, best” shines through.

It goes a step further as seen in the high school graduation of Griffin Furlong. He was featured on the nightly news as a “homeless valedictorian.” His speech was a reminder to the graduates of what it takes to awaken your passion. He said “You can achieve anything with motivation, ambition and purpose.”

Jolie’s movie made box-office records in its opening weekend. Some people might have gone for the throwback to Sleeping Beauty. Others might have gone to see the dark side of Maleficent. Whatever the case, our real power lays not in the hurt or slights we receive but in the love and genius that we achieve.

Tip: When you awaken your purpose and passion you bring to life your magnificence.

Answer: Dwyane Wade (The ‘y’ often gets tossed around)

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