I started this new tradition since my sister relocated from Colorado to Texas. We get takeout and watch movies at her place. I’m really big on establishing rituals to stay connected especially in this busy world we live in. Well she loves cartoon movies, initially she suggested Raya and The Last Dragon, and I said, “no maam”, lol we turned on another movie but it was boring so I said let’s give this Raya movie a try and well I was disappointed at all.
If you aren’t new to my blog, you know I love a good movie I can pull things from and highlight the lessons from them. Raya and The Last dragon did that exact thing.
Raya and the Last Dragon teaches not only kids but adults a lesson in trust, healing and forgiveness.
Here is a small synopsis of the movie :
Raya is on a mission to save her family and the dragons. The dragons sacrificed themselves to save the humans, but hundreds of years later the druun is back to take down everyone. Raya wants to bring back the dragons and unite her divided land. But she has to maneuver through her harsh reality of lack of trust and forgiveness. Through her battles she encounters a dragon with a huge heart. That not only helps her physically but mentally and spiritually.
Here is what you should take away and apply to your relationships.
- We really are better together. Throughout the movie Raya has to collaborate with what outsiders many see has a bunch of misfits and enemies. However, through their collaboration the viewers are able to witness that without them all coming together and playing off one another’s strengths and weaknesses the mission wouldn’t be able to be accomplished. This can be applied to all relationships, if we are working with one another we have the same goal. Take time to highlight yall strengths and weaknesses and see how you can be better as a team.
- Life is short. I won’t say much to this point, but my friend recently experienced a very unexpected and traumatic death of a loved one. Everyone in the movie had experienced some type of loss and one of the characters made a statement about his sibling irritating him but no amount of irritation compared to her no longer being there. So, this a reminder to not take people for granted. Use your words to uplift others, be kind, help them and most importantly love on them. We saw in the movie what happens when you move from a place of love and generosity…things shift in a positive manner. This point is a heavy lesson but also a gentle reminder tomorrow isn’t promised so cease every opportunity to love on your people.
- Trust was a huge factor in this movie for Raya. When people break our trust, it is not the easiest thing to gain back but it was something that wasn’t allowing her to move forward and accomplish her mission. Like Raya I had to learn to re-trust…. why was it important? It takes so much out of you mentally to be skeptical of everyone, every day, it is draining! The reality is people will drop the ball and betray your trust. You have to use your discernment when and who you should trust. One thing I loved about the dragon was her innocence and she brought Raya a new perspective on trust and giving people a new clean slate.
- Which leads me to my next point. Accountability, none of us are perfect. Meaning you will mess up; do you want your mistake to be held over your head for an eternity? Absolutely not, and we know as believers God doesn’t hold them over us either however it is important to acknowledge where you may have dropped the ball, apologize and change the behavior moving forward.
To close I loved this movie and thought it was amazing. Not only is a great way to spend time with the people you care about, but you can discuss some of the topics they touched on in the movie. I don’t want to spoil the ending, but I will say Raya overcoming her issues of trust, healing and forgiving, caused for a great ending of revelation for me. When things seem impossible, it is important for you to always take that first step like Raya did to accomplish her ultimate goal. I want to encourage my readers to do that very thing, regardless of the relationship you be the change (lead by example).
Your Sista on the Sofa,