Word-Of-the-Week #781: Hakuna Matata

July 25, 2019 by  

Hakuna Matata – a Swahili phrase that is literally translated as “There are no worries.” It is sometimes translated as “no worries,” although is more commonly used similarly to the English phrase “no problem.”

Do you spend time dwelling on the past? Do you worry about things that haven’t happened yet? Are you fully living in the present?

Since I am in Africa re-running this WOW seemed perfect. And then I read that on July 19th the all new Lion King releases in theatres. What are the chances of that timing?

In 1994 the Walt Disney Studios animated movie The Lion King brought the phrase international recognition, featuring it prominently in the plot and devoting a song to it. A meerkat and a warthog, named Timon and Pumbaa respectively, teach the main character, a lion cub named Simba, that he should forget his troubled past and live in the present.

Have you heard the saying, “It is what it is?” Some things are just simply out of our control. And I have learned to not let that affect me. Another saying I have referenced before is, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, that’s why we call it the present.”

One of the responses that I am hearing from service personnel more often is, “No Worries” especially when we’ve been in Canada and the UK.

One of the things that I like about traveling is that I am totally focused on everything around me and am living “in the present.” The same applies for when I am playing golf. All I think about is hitting that stupid little ball!

This week’s focus is on having “no problems.” Have you ever said, “Hakuna Matata when a problem arose? Did you handle the situation differently? How would it feel to be able to say, “no problem” or “no worries” and mean it?

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