What Kung Fu Panda Teaches Us: Part 1
Kung Fu Panda, the movie, is no doubt an interesting concept and a real entertainer. It is a movie which families can watch together, enjoy together and yet have diverse moments in the movie, which becomes a part of us. There was one such message which hit me and if evaluated closely, we notice that the entire movie carried the same message. The message was on Belief.
There was one article, I had written earlier, which showed the relation between Affirmations and Beliefs. It further talks about beliefs making us who we are. Kung Fu Panda brings it out beautifully.
The Unlikely Warrior
In his desire to see the selection of the Dragon Warrior, the Panda falls right in the middle and in the way of Oogway, the master, who ends up pointing at him; an unusual, unexpected and a big mistake from the beginning. A Panda which does not even know Kung Fu becomes the Dragon Warrior. Shifu, the master of the Furious Five, contests the selection with Oogway, only to be sent away and asked to believe.
Shifu discussing the Dragon Warrior's selection with Oogway
The Reluctant Master Shifu
Shifu agrees and Po, the Panda, is then trained by him and thereafter, they return back only to know that Tai Lung had escaped and was on his way to get the Dragon Scroll. That is when Shifu gives the Dragon Scroll to the Panda, the Dragon Warrior. But what follows baffles everyone, including Shifu. The scroll is empty. There is nothing written on it. No special power, no special chants or for that matter no special tricks. That’s when everyone gives up and the Panda returns home, just like any other ordinary Panda. To make him feel good, his father, Mr. Ping, the Geese, tells him the secret to the Secret Ingredient Noodle Soup.
No Secret Ingredient
This is the discussion which takes place between Mr. Ping and Po.
Ping: “The secret ingredient is…...... nothing!"
Ping: "You heard me. Nothing! There is no secret ingredient."
Po: "Wait, wait….. it’s just plain old noodle soup? You don’t add some kind of special sauce or something?"
Ping: "Don’t have to. To make something special you just have to believe it’s special."
[Po looks at the scroll again, and sees his reflection in it]
Po: "There is no secret ingredient.”
That’s when realization dawns that Po did not require something special to be a Dragon Warrior. All he had to do was to believe. Then he returns and fights Tai-Lung and wins the battle.
Po and Tai Lung Ultimate Fight
Po - The Dragon Warrior
The Panda was the right choice from the beginning, since the only weapon which Tai Lung, the snow Leopard could use, was ineffective on the Panda due its immense fat reserve, shielding the muscles. The Furious Five comprising of the Tigress, Monkey, Crane, Mantis and Viper, were all defeated by Tai Lung earlier, precisely because of their muscular make up and therefore, Tai Lung’s ability to paralyze their muscles. On hindsight, if the Panda had believed that it was not the chosen one, it would have walked away, never ever finding its true potential, its actual self. Tai Lung would have run amuck and destroyed everything, including the Panda some day.
This example is true for us too. We are the Panda and Tai Lung is our fear. Every time we refuse to believe in our self, our higher self-worth and the highest of support from God Almighty, we give in to Fear. We walk away from the possibility of being someone special. We remain ordinary until our fear eventually catches up with us and consumes us. It is only Human to compare ourselves with others in the same situation, much like Panda comparing itself with the Furious Five, but that was also the exact reason why the Panda chose to walk away from the situation. The Panda, though, was lucky to understand the meaning of the Dragon Scroll, but what about us?
Where is our Dragon Scroll? If we give it a moment, we will find it right inside us. Our Dragon Scroll was put right into us by our Creator, but the sad part is that most of us will never find it, leave alone becoming the Dragon Warrior.
So, are you ready to believe you are Special?
Are you ready to be the Dragon Warrior?
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