Expanding The Circle Of Life

Any Disney “Lion King” fans out there?  The incredibly popular movie and Broadway show had a number of memorable tunes, but there was not one song more popular that “Circle Of Life”. The “Circle of Life” isn’t a concrete thing you can point to or look at. Rather, it’s a symbolic term for the series of events that unfolds on earth, bringing us from cradle to grave, through ups and downs, love and misfortune, and so on.  It also refers to how events tend to repeat themselves: In the Lion King story, Simba grows up, learns about manhood, and becomes the Lion King—and then he has a son who in turn will grow up, learn about manhood, and become the Lion King.

Taking this away from Hollywood and bringing this into our own lives:  We all kind of exist in a “Circle of Life” scenario as well.  We are born, raised by our parents who were young at the time, we grow up, have our own children, our parents and grandparents become ill at some point and pass away, we age and have our own medical issues develop and eventually we die as well.  And the “Circle of Life” goes on and on and on.

Achieving long-term weight control will not change the concept of the “Circle of Life”.  However, the “Circle” can be substantially enlarged in circumference, i.e. it will take a longer period of time to develop and succumb to the illnesses/disease processes that we will eventually succumb to.  As a parent and now a grandparent, there is nothing more fun for me than spending time with our family.  I am certain all of you can relate to the thrill that is felt when you take your children or grandchildren to super fun events that you remember being taken to by your parents and grandparents.   Seeing the look of marvel and wonder in their eyes is beyond words.

Yes, we are all in the “Circle Of Life”.  Stay steadfast in your weight control efforts and that “Circle” will be a larger one for you.

Enjoy Elton John’s 1994 hit from the movie “Lion King”.   For your trivia buffs, the lyrics were not written by Elton’s long term collaborator, Bernie Taupin, but rather, lyricist Tim Rice wrote the words.