Time for action
A cat that is confined, provoked and persecuted turns into a lion.
Americans are in a state of shock. The stock market has dropped by nearly 50% since it’s high, and our investments are now worth what they were back in the late ’90’s. Jobs are being shed in alarming rates, and you can’t read a newspaper (assuming you still have the guts to do so) without being bombarded by bad news.
You can see the shock in people’s eyes. You can hear it in their voices. You can watch body language and know that people are worried. People feel beaten down, and it shows.
The question is – how do we turn all of this shock and fear into action? How do we turn a nation of “scaredy cats” into lions?
One of my favorite scenes in The Lion King (how’s that for a reference) is when Timon smacks Simba on the head. Simba, of course, asks Timon why he did that. Timon’s response: doesn’t matter; it’s in the past. The moral? Look forward, not backward.
Now I’m not suggesting we all break into a rousing chorus of “Hakuna Matata” (which loosely translates to “no worries”) to get out of the funk we’re in, but I would suggest that it is time to channel our inner lions. Getting through the recession will take great resolve and courage. So much has been lost recently – jobs, confidence, wealth, trust – but we need to start thinking a bit more like Timon. Only then can we start focusing on building a path back to a better future.
We are lions, hear us roar…