Sunday Thought For The Day

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From the day we arrive on the planet
And blinking, step into the sun
There’s more to be seen than can ever be seen
More to do than can ever be done

Some say eat or be eaten
Some say live and let live
But all are agreed as they join the stampede
You should never take more than you give

In the Circle of Life
It’s the wheel of fortune
It’s the leap of faith
It’s the band of hope
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the Circle, the Circle of Life

Some of us fall by the wayside
And some of us soar to the stars
And some of us sail through our troubles
And some have to live with the scars

There’s far too much to take in here
More to find than can ever be found
But the sun rolling high
Through the sapphire sky
Keeps the great and small on the endless round

(Chorus repeats)

On the path unwinding
In the Circle, the Circle of Life.

~ Music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice

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Le Photoneur March 15, 2009 at 3:22 am

Hello from Belgium
I appreciate very much Sir Elton John
Your friendly

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Kelly@SHE-POWER March 15, 2009 at 3:24 am

Lance, I love this song and the film it goes with. Bunny loves The Lion King and it’s a great story of finding your way, overcoming tragedy and holding onto your integrity. I especially love these words from the song:

“From the day we arrive on the planet
And blinking, step into the sun
There’s more to be seen than can ever be seen
More to do than can ever be done”

If only I could relax more and hold onto that thought as I go about my life, I am sure I would be a more content human being.

Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend.


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Dragos Roua March 15, 2009 at 3:33 am

Great thoughts for a Sunday.

“You should never take more than you give” – I find peace and balance in this verse. Especially because the opposite seems to be common ground these days, which is sad.

Thanks for sharing and have a great week-end. 🙂

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Sarah Lulu March 15, 2009 at 4:03 am

Love that song.


Evelyn Lim March 15, 2009 at 4:04 am

How did you guess? Circle of Life is one of my favorite songs. Thanks for featuring it here!

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suddenly slimmer March 15, 2009 at 4:15 am

It’s from Lion King motion picture soundtrack!Back to my middle school years. When Pixar was not even exist hehehe. However, I never really paid attention to the lyric. Never knew it;s beautiful lyric.

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Miz March 15, 2009 at 5:20 am

my fave way to start the sunday is grabbing my coffee and heading here, Lance.

I love this song. It’s so true in such a BITTERSWEET WAY.

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Arswino March 15, 2009 at 5:26 am

Lance, this is one of my favorite songs as well. Especially I like this part “You should never take more than you give.” and “Keeps the great and small on the endless round.”
Thanks for sharing Lance.

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Scott March 15, 2009 at 5:33 am

I’m with Miz, I really enjoy starting my Sundays here. Your “thoughts” become part of my foundation for Sundays. I’m confident these thoughts only make it stronger. Thanks Lance.

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Natalia Burleson March 15, 2009 at 5:53 am

Morning Lance!

I do love your Sunday morning thoughts. Circle of life is a great song and Lion King….great movie! 🙂 Love this part:
Some of us fall by the wayside
And some of us soar to the stars
And some of us sail through our troubles
And some have to live with the scars

Thanks for another great Sunday thought! 🙂

Enjoy your day!

Natalia 🙂

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LisaNewton March 15, 2009 at 5:57 am

What a way to start my Sunday morning, it’s 4:00am here……………:)

Thank you, Lance for putting a smile on my face so early on this cool morning. Plus, I can see my children, when they were much younger watching the Lion King. Oh, the memories.

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Lance March 15, 2009 at 6:32 am

@Le Photoneur – Hi Georges! He is a great artist and performs this song beautifully. Thanks for stopping by.

@Kelly – The Lion King is a wonderful movie, really about life – and there’s something we can all get from that movie – kids and adults alike. Our world is a magnificent place, filled with so much. Much more than we can ever see and experience. So, the idea of being content – a great thought Kelly. We aren’t going to see it all – and with that thought, if we can become content in knowing that we’ll be and experience much anyway – and that life will present us with many opportunities – there is a contented feeling about that. About realizing we have enough. In our very own circle of life. Thank you Kelly, that’s a great thought for today. Have a great week ahead!

@Dragos – Thanks much Dragos. We all have the ability not only to receive, but also to give. Even if it’s our time – that is a wonderful gift to give. And the more we can give to others, really the better we’re making this world. And that’s a great thought to take forward. have a great week!

@Sarah Lulu – Thanks Sarah!

@Evelyn – Well…I didn’t know! Although, it doesn’t surprise me – you have a real love of life Evelyn, and that’s a gift you share so well.

@Suddenly Slimmer – As a child, this movie has a different meaning than what it does when we view it as an adult. That’s what is so great about the “Lion King” – it has something for everyone. And this song really speaks to life, and how we all fit on that circle of life we’re a part of.

@Miz – It’s always great to have you here, Miz! Yes there is a bittersweetness to this song. And still, I think it reminds me that in the “circle of life” we’re all a part of – there will be good and there will also be some not so good. And that’s okay, and our life continues, and on that circle we continue to work toward what life really means to us. It’s a great circle to be on…

@Arswino – It is a great song! Many great lines in this one. And you’re reminding me of the importance of giving. And that we’re all on this circle together – you, me, the beggar, the movie star, etc – everyone – on that same circle of life…

@Scott – It’s great to have you here, too, Scott! For me, it’s the conversation around these “thoughts” that really bring them to life. Thanks so much Scott – I appreciate all your words.

@Natalia – Good morning Natalia! I love that part too. It speaks to me of the good and the bad we all experience in life. And we may end up with some scars along the way. Yet, we continue on in the circle we call our life – and we continue that journey we’re on… Have a great Sunday!

@LisaNewton – Well, happy moonlit morning to you, then, Lisa! It’s good to stir up fond memories, of days past. Have a fantastic Sunday!


Stacey Shipman March 15, 2009 at 6:43 am

I love this song and this movie. Like MizFit said it is bittersweet…life begins and ends, but if we keep giving then it continues, all of it beautiful.

I love Elton John, too, he is truly one of the greats!


Jay March 15, 2009 at 6:50 am

This is a great song and it has a great message. We must always give first- it is what it is all about. We were not put here to acquire, but to inspire! Thanks for inspiring today Lance.

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Annette March 15, 2009 at 7:44 am

I still sing this song to my kids 😉 I love the movie and the song! An incredible message of hope!

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Vikum March 15, 2009 at 7:45 am

Oh! This time you’ve selected a great song as your Sunday thought.Really really great.What else can I say? And if someone reads this comments I’d love to recommend “Sacrifice” by Elton John too.I can promise you’ll learn something from that song as you are learning from this awesome blog by Lance.

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Angel March 15, 2009 at 8:27 am

When I first heard this song years ago, I thought it would be great to play it in my spinning class. When the song came on all of my students looked at me funny as if is to say, “Is she really playing a song from the Lion King movie?” I ignored their bewilderment and led them on a steep hill climb to the “Circle of Life”. Whether it was the heavy resistance on the bike, the powerful lyrics, or the mesmerizing orchestration, it turned out to be a great hill climb that left everyone sweaty and happy.

Thanks for this Lance. This brought back good memories.

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Amanda Linehan March 15, 2009 at 9:00 am

Hi Lance – Wow, The Lion King! Probably my favorite Disney movie. The thing that sticks out to me about this song is the “circle” aspect of it. We may come and go, but Life just keeps repeating itself. Nice idea for “Thought for the day.” 🙂

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Laurie | Express Yourself to Success March 15, 2009 at 9:02 am

“Never take more than you give.”

I just wrote that on a sticky note and am putting it on the wall beside my desk.

Thank you.

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Daphne March 15, 2009 at 9:17 am

Lance, I’m starting to understand that life really is a circle. We are born, live, then die while others are born… there really is no beginning and no end. This thought is so simple and yet so awesome. The song is great too!

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Tom Volkar / Delightful Work March 15, 2009 at 9:46 am

Love the line – Till we find our place. That’s what makes it all worth while, the pursuit of finding our place in life. Thansk l;ance, good lift for this morning.

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Jannie Funster March 15, 2009 at 9:47 am

I too especially like that line “Never take more than you give.” If we all did that what an even more amazing world this would be.

Cheers, Lance!!

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Liara Covert March 15, 2009 at 9:57 am

Lance, the circle of life offers periods of transition, change and renewal for the soul. Spiritual development may be viewed as individual, collective or both. Each being encounters karmic challenges and chooses physical existence as a means to expand conscious awarenss. No expeirence is ever wrong. Time is never wasted. Every event is intended and serves meaningful purpose.

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Caroline March 15, 2009 at 11:21 am

Always love Sir Elton! This is a great song and a wonderful reminder about life cycles. Taking risks and the wheel of fortune… Good food for thought today. Thanks Lance!


Lance March 15, 2009 at 11:33 am

@Stacey Shipman – They’re both great – this song, and the “Lion King” movie – something for everyone! Bittersweet? Yes, and I too think that it’s through giving that we can continue on even though life may end. Our spirit can remain. Living on through others. And that is beautiful… Elton John – a classic…

@Jay – Give instead of always taking – that’s a very strong message I get from the song. It doesn’t take that much to give just a little. And the thing about giving is how good it feels to do! It really is a win-win.

@Annette – A message of hope, in both the song and the movie. Both are wonderful stories, and it’s great to hear you keep this message alive with your kids Annette – that awesome!

@Vikum – A little change-up for today! Yes, a song – and it’s the message of the song that really led me to using this today. Like Annette has said, there is a real message of hope in this song, and I couldn’t agree more. I’ll have to give “Sacrifice” a listen – I don’t believe I’ve listened to it. And thanks for your very kind comments…

@Angel – I love this story Angel! Kind of like the spinning wheel on the bikes, our lives form a circle from start to finish – in a ride we’re on known as our very own ‘circle of life’. And sometimes that includes a few steep hills (and a bit of sweat)!!

@Amanda – Hi Amanda! It’s a great movie, isn’t it! I really like this perspective – that life is a circle that keeps repeating itself. And we’re here on that circle right now – and have the choice to do and be “good” or not. Makes me think of how my actions today could affect others once I’m gone – and that thought leaves me wanting to do good. Thank you Amanda – this is very empowering.

@Laurie – Probably the first line that really jumped out at me was this one – it says so much about how we should live our lives. And it a great message to display and be reminded of often – awesome idea!

@Daphne – This really goes along the lines of what Amanda talked about – and is such a great thought Daphne! It really speaks to me about we’re part of a bigger circle that doesn’t end, and one in which we can do good for generations to come. And yes – I’m glad you liked the song too!

@Tom – Ah yes, finding our place. Thanks for pointing that out – it’s one I hadn’t focused much on – and yet – what you’re saying makes so much sense. It’s part of our journey, and we seek to find our “place” in this world. And it’s in finding it that we really find ourselves. Awesome, Tom!

@Jannie – It’s not that hard to make the world a better place is it – especially if we all did it. Small steps in this direction by many would make such dramatic changes for everyone – in very positive ways… Cheers back at ya, Jannie!!

@Liara – That’s a great point Liara. There are transitions along our circles of life. Seeing the purpose – I see this as a key to understanding the event in our lives. When we can do this – these events indeed do provide meaningful purpose.

@Caroline – We all take some risks. I’m thinking – are we taking the “right” risks? You’ve got me thinking this afternoon – what does this mean to me? This whole idea of taking risks. And that’s good food for thought – thank you, Caroline!


Patricia - Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker March 15, 2009 at 12:41 pm

I love the Lion King movie and Elton John. I was in college when Elton first started making music hits. My husband and I dated to his songs. Circle of Life is one of my Elton John favorites. I remember watching the movie with my children for the first time. I later bought it for me because of all of the metaphysical lessons in the movie. We even did a class at my church using the movie to teach the lessons. Lance, thanks for bringing back all of those wonderful memories. A few years ago, I bought the movie for my grandchildren. Thanks for sharing the youtube video too. I had not seen it before. Loved it. What a great way to start a glorious Sunday afternoon.

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Vered - MomGrind March 15, 2009 at 12:59 pm

The idea of the circle of life is comforting, because it makes aging and dying more bearable, comprehensible. It’s OK if I die, because the next generation will be here, and so on.

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Lizwi March 15, 2009 at 2:14 pm

Life is really a miracle. There is more than the eye can see, more than the mind can imagine, more than the ear can hear and more than the hand can take.

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Laurie March 15, 2009 at 4:05 pm

I have heard this song so many times and never really heard it until today. Thank you Lance.

“And some have to live with the scars”
I went to Hawaii five years ago and went snorkeling. It was an awesome experience but I scratched my leg on some coral and got a scar. Every time I see the scar, it reminds me of a great adventure.

How often do we watch others live the adventures of life while we sit on the porch thinking that kind of life is not what we were meant to do? How often do we sit in front of “the box” and watch stories of adventure silently wishing the ones on the screen were us? Seeking our dreams is a risk. It forces us out of our comfort zone but it is only there, we’ll find our purpose. I have made an agreement with myself to not sit on the porch and watch life go by. I would love for others to join me.


Elizabeth Barrette March 15, 2009 at 4:54 pm

I love this song! It is one of my favorites. As a Pagan, I find that it reflects my worldview beautifully.

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Evita March 15, 2009 at 5:04 pm

Hey Lance!

This is one of the greatest messages! We are part of a greater whole and there is immaculate unity that binds us all to each other and to nature. How often many of us forget that. We see enough of how the world lives to know. But that is not what we should dwell on. I think that as long as we can come back and merge into the circle of life that is a victory in itself and then through our example, maybe one by one others will be inspired too 🙂

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Jenny March 15, 2009 at 5:52 pm

All I had to do was read the first line and I already knew what the rest said! I have loved this song for years, it came out when I was in high school and I remember many nights of driving wherever we may have been going and everyone in the car would be singing it! A friend and I even sang “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” together when it would come on! Thank you Lance for reminding me of some memories and helping me remember how life is really like a circle!

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Diane C. March 15, 2009 at 6:10 pm

I never really listened to those lyrics before, nice post. I like the idea of feeling connected to the circle of life without having to do it all, see it all, or be it all. And everyone can find their place if we are kind to one another.

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Suzie Cheel March 15, 2009 at 6:20 pm

Hi Lance,

Just love it, thanks for brightening what is already a great Monday down under. The message of hope is always so wonderful
I will be heading over here on my Monday am more often

Thanks and I sang along

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Giovanna Garcia March 15, 2009 at 6:34 pm

Hi Lance

I love Lion King, I watched the movie and the play a few times. The song circle of life is a great song with fantastic meaning to it. By the way, I found this song fitting to your blog here. A little bit like a theme song to your work.
Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Action is better than No Action

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Jocelyn March 15, 2009 at 8:08 pm

Thanks for sharing the inspirational song, Lance. It’s good to remember what good there is still in this life. Sometimes the negative things can be overwhelming that we easily lose hope through it all.

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Lisa March 15, 2009 at 8:09 pm

OMG!!!! I LOVE THIS SONG!! Thank you for posting it. Believe it or not, “The Lion King” is one of my all time favorite movies. There are so many important life lessons shared. Happy Sunday!!

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Barbara Swafford March 15, 2009 at 9:05 pm

Hi Lance – What a beautiful Sunday thought for the day. Like so many before me, I have to agree the best line is “Never take more than you give”. That’s a fabulous life lesson.

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Lance March 15, 2009 at 10:15 pm

@Patricia – Spiritual Journey of A Lightworker — This is a great song, and the more I hear it, the more it becomes a favorite of mine, as well. The movie is loaded with lessons – and that’s really what makes it so great – something for kids and adults alike. I’m very happy that this brought back some wonderful memories for you, Patricia. It’s great to have you here on this glorious Sunday!

@Vered – In the great circle of life – life continues on once we move beyond. As final as death may seem, there is comfort in knowing that life continues on that circle – and our contributions help that circle continue on…

@Lizwi – Yes, life really is a miracle! Well said…

@Laurie – I know exactly what you mean Laurie – it’s like seeing the words, in addition to hearing them, gives new meaning to this song. In wonderful ways. Snorkeling in Hawaii – how awesome, Laurie! And I love how you’re relating this to scars – and how those scars can remind us us great adventures in our lives. Of course, we can also have scars from very bad things as well, and those are scars that are part of us as well – and yet – as much a reminder of the past that they can be – they do not have to define our going forward. And, Laurie – one last thing – I’m joining you in signing that agreement to not just sit on the porch and watch life pass by – I’m going out to live it too! Thank you for this very wonderful comment today…

@Elizabeth – I love this song as well, Elizabeth – and I find much connection through it as well, coming from a Christian background. Maybe that’s part of the appeal of this – it connects at a deeper level – with values we all hold as true…

@Evita – Hi Evita! Being part of a greater whole – how beautifully said! Connected on this circle – what a comforting thought. And if we slip out of the circle – or maybe onto another circle – we can always move back into the one where all in working together. Great thought!

@Jenny – I think that really would feel like the ‘circle of life’ in action – a carload of people singing this song! What a great memory to have, Jenny. Cherish it always, and know that the circle continues to be…

@Diane C – I bounced that same thought around in my head for a while – the idea of not having to do it all. And there is peace in that – in saying I’ll do what I can – and know that that’s enough. Being kind – yes, if we can just do this more, oh what a wonderful world it would be! Even more so than it is today!

@Suzie – Hi Suzie. Good for you in singing along! What a great attitude!! And you are always a welcome guest here – no matter what day of the week it is for you!

@Giovanna – So much meaning to this song – and I realize now, even more, after reading the lyrics. And Giovanna, I don’t know how to thank you for this comment – your words are so kind today. Know that I am very grateful for reading this tonight. Thank you!

@Jocelyn – This song just really instills hope and a belief in what can be – on the ‘circle of life’. Very uplifting and inspirational!

@Lisa – This is a great movie – for kids AND adults – so I do believe you!! This song, and the movie really do have so many life lessons – and it’s been great to be reminded of several of them today. A very happy Sunday to you, as well!

@Barbara – Hi Barbara. Thank you! Like I believe I said earlier, the idea of giving is what first jumped out at me as I read the lyrics. And what a powerful lesson this is – if we can give as much or more than we receive – and if everyone did this – how more good could be accomplished in this world! And that’s a very great message to take away!


Linda Abbit March 16, 2009 at 12:11 am

I have to vote along with many above for this one as my favorite line:
“You should never take more than you give.” If only all the people in the world shared this belief.

An “in your face” circle of life experience happened to me. I went to services in the evening on the day we buried my Dad in 2005. The service incorporated a baby naming for a couple’s new baby. Afterwards I congratulated them and they expressed their condolences on my loss, but I said to them, through my tears, how very appropriate they were there celebrating a new life that very evening, and that truly was what the circle of life was all about. I’ll never forget that conversation.

It was great hearing the song listening to the lyrics again! I’ll have to put it on my iPod. 🙂 Thanks, Lance!

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Rupal March 16, 2009 at 3:06 am


I can’t help but think of the scene in Lion King where this song plays and the two Lion lovers are frolicking in the jungle…so symbolic it brings me to tears every time (which is a rare occurrence!) LOVE LOVE LOVE this song!

Thanks for reminding me!

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Yum Yucky March 16, 2009 at 5:56 am

Thanks for reminding me how much I looooove this song!

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Gennaro March 16, 2009 at 9:23 am

I can’t drop the image of Simba being held up by the baboon. This just reminds me that we are part of a cycle of nature. Not to take ourselves too seriously as we are each one of billions who will go through life on earth.

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Mama Zen March 16, 2009 at 9:32 am

Every time that I hear this I picture The Lion King!

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Vincent March 16, 2009 at 10:54 am

Hi Lance,

This is my first time hearing this song and I got to say that it is nice! Thanks for sharing.

Personal Development Blogger

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Jennifer March 16, 2009 at 11:57 am

Hi Lance. What a wonderful song!

I’m with Dragos and so many others on this one: “You should never take more than you give.” It really spoke to me. I used to be pretty much all about taking. It only left me very empty. Now, I’m trying to focus very much on giving. The wonderful thing about it is when I do, I actually get more than when I was trying to take everything. I still have a lot of growing to do, but I’m getting there. I’m on the journey anyway – and life is making more sense…

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FatFighterTV March 16, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Love Elton John, that song, and the movie! I don’t get online much on Sundays, so I’m always the late-reader to your fantastic quotes… 😉

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suzen March 16, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Wow – those words are really phenomenal aren’t they? Great choice as usual Lance! Can you stop by my Monday blog? I’d like your input as well as suggestions/connections.

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meleah rebeccah March 16, 2009 at 2:16 pm

I love Elton John, SO. Very. Much.

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Julie March 16, 2009 at 4:15 pm

Hi, Lance. I’m slow. 🙂
I’m with Evita and Tom about the circle of life and finding our own place in it. Also, I see each of us living within our own circles. I also see that life offers us a plethora of experiences, almost as if they are on a lazy susan spinning in front of us. Circles, everywhere. 😉

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Mark March 16, 2009 at 4:37 pm

A great song full of wonderful lessons, thanks for sharing.

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Cath Lawson March 16, 2009 at 5:06 pm

Hi Lance – This is one of my favourite songs. I saw Elton John in concert in 2007 – he is awesome.


Marelisa March 16, 2009 at 5:33 pm

Hi Lance: I love “The Lion King”. I have the DVD and I must have seen it over a hundred times. Maybe it’s time I give the DVD to my little nephews 🙂 And that song is beautiful. I especially like this phrase: we should not take more than we give.

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Maria@Conversations with Moms March 16, 2009 at 7:00 pm

This is such a beautiful song with so much meaning and depth. I loved the movie also. It’s the type of song that will be remembered.

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Lance March 16, 2009 at 7:52 pm

@Linda Abbit – Wouldn’t that be a wonderful thing! Everyone giving as much or more than they take. And thank you, Linda, for sharing your story. What a powerful example of the ‘circle of life’ taking place. One life moving on to places beyond, and a new life just beginning. Continue to enjoy this song – and remember this story you’ve shared – and how we really are in a ‘circle of life’…

@Rupal – Hi Rupal! Glad to have you here today, and listening! And there is much symbolism in the movie, and you’ve shared a great example of that – thank you!

@Yum Yucky – You’re welcome!

@Gennaro – That really is a great image – as Simba is held up! We are one of so many here, and yet we are unique and have something to offer this earth in our time here. And yes, let’s not take ourselves too seriously – that’s a great thought Gennaro!

@Mama Zen – This song fits the movie so well, doesn’t it.

@Vincent – Glad to hear you enjoyed it, Vincent – it’s a pretty great song!

@Jennifer – Hi Jennifer! It is a wonderful song, especially played along to the Lion King – and how it fits to the idea of life – wonderful indeed! That’s the line that really pulled me in too. In giving, we get so much more back – that really is wonderful Jennifer!! It’s a journey for all of us – and yours is one going in a direction that very much, is one that is right and true…


Lance March 16, 2009 at 7:53 pm

@FatFighterTV – It’s just great to have you here, Sahar! This can also be a Monday thought too…or Tuesday…or…

@Suzen – The words and the music all are phenomenal! They are words that have deep meaning when we really think about them. And I just stopped over at your site – great idea you’ve had!!

@Meleah – Elton John sings some great songs – and this one is no exception!

@Julie – Hi Julie! You’re not slow!!! You’re just getting the chance to enjoy this song on a Monday! Okay, you’ve loaded this comment up with circles! We all have our own circles, and I think we’re also part of a bigger ‘circle of life’ – like smaller circles all within a much bigger circle. And I love how you’re seeing our experiences we’re offered as a lazy susan where we can spin it and choose what so moves us. Finding our place – yes, this is something that is part of our journey here – to journey toward that ‘place’ we can call our own (and that’s not just a house in the suburbs we’re talking about!).

@Mark/ToBeMe – Thanks Mark, it’s great to have you here!

@Cath – Hi Cath! Well, I’m glad you’re here today then – to hear this song! And how cool to have had the opportunity to see Elton John in concert – I’m sure it was fantastic!

@Marelisa – Hi Mare! Maybe have your little nephews come and watch it with you! So, I’m sure you’re familiar with this song, then! Wow, you’ve watched the movie many times! Although it’s a great movie, and one I’ve watched several times myself.. My favorite line also – we should not take more than we give…

@Maria – It’s a great song and a classic movie! They play so well together! Thanks Maria!


Sagan March 16, 2009 at 9:47 pm

Aww now I’m reminiscing about The Lion King. Happy childhood memories!

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Liara Covert March 16, 2009 at 10:58 pm

Something about the lyrics of a piece of music brings the spirit back to where it belongs–grounded in the now.

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Happiness Is Better March 17, 2009 at 8:24 am

“You should never take more than you give” – This is my favorite part of the song. I’m not a huge Elton John fan, but I can certainly appreciate his music and this song in particular. Thanks for the post Lance!

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Mindful Mimi March 17, 2009 at 10:10 am

It isn’t until you put the lyrics of a song down on paper (or blog) that you really start ‘hearing’ them. Great choice.
I just got back from Rome, which was nice and sunny, and wondered a lot about the sense in my job and what my purpose is. The more I think about it the more I feel I need to do something.
Thanks for sharing.

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Kim March 17, 2009 at 11:13 am

I have cried while listening to that song more times that I care to admit. It touches me on a deep level.

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Armen Shirvanian March 17, 2009 at 12:37 pm

The lines about how some fall to the wayside and some soar to the stars is a clear point of separation. No one inherently wants to fall to the wayside, and so this can only be seen as a motivating couplet. It is also a point of separation to see how the words of some songs can last for decades, while the words of some songs are meant to last for a week.

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miruspeg March 17, 2009 at 8:23 pm

Oh Lance I absolutely loved this movie and this song.
So I have borrowed (stolen) the song and put it on my playlist for my next post.
There you go inspiring me again….bless you my friend.

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Lance March 17, 2009 at 8:51 pm

@Sagan – It’s a great movie! Enjoy the walk down memory lane…

@Liara – The lyrics really make this song come alive, I think. Reading the words, in addition to hearing them sung, add much extra meaning.

@Happiness Is Better – I think the lyrics to this song make it great. While I like Elton John, I appreciate that his musical style is not for everyone. Good to hear you still appreciate this song – if nothing else, for the words and what they represent…

@Mimi – That’s exactly it Mimi! This songs comes to life when you read the words in addition to just hearing them sung! Rome! How wonderful! And this circle you’re on right now – this circle that includes your job – I wish you well in the decisions that lie in front of you.

@Kim – There is great meaning behind these words – I think that it speaks of your soul when you say it touches you at a deep level – and that’s a very special thing…

@Armen – …And this is a song that will last for a very long time. Yes, the words you bring up – about falling by the wayside – those are the words I probably had the hardest time with. And yet, it’s simply the truth. Sometimes we fall, and sometimes we soar. And much of that is determined by the decisions we make, and how we act upon those circumstances life presents us with. Great point, thanks for bringing it up Armen…

@Miruspeg – It’s great to have you here Peggy! And steal away! The more people that hear this song and it’s message the better!


Dani March 18, 2009 at 1:40 pm

What a great song to really bring the concept of life into focus. Thanks for posting the lyrics for all to read. 🙂

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Lisa's Chaos March 18, 2009 at 1:58 pm

I think it’s oh so funny that it took a California blogger to introduce two Wisconsin bloggers. 🙂 Nice to meet you!

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Tess The Bold Life March 19, 2009 at 4:29 pm

Love the song. I’ve seen the Broadway Show, The Lion King twice. It was so great about five years after I saw it in Canada I bought tickets for my husband and two grandkids and saw it again in Chicago. If you ever have the opportunity to see it, RUN and get tickets. You’ll never forget it.

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Lance March 19, 2009 at 10:10 pm

@Dani – Thanks for stopping by Dani! There’s something about reading the lyrics, along with hearing the music – that makes them really come to life!

@Lisa’s Chaos – From one Wisconsin blogger to another – it’s great to have you here! And yes – it IS pretty funny we have to “travel” all the way to California to meet! Thanks for stopping in here Lisa!!

@Tess – Hi Tess! Seeing the Broadway version of this has to be pretty amazing! I’ll keep my eyes open if it ever comes close to here! Thanks much Tess!


Liara Covert March 19, 2009 at 10:10 pm

Yo remind us whay certain songs evolve to have a timeless impact.

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rummuser March 20, 2009 at 3:14 am

Lance, you could not have found a more appropriate for me just now. Thanks.

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Lance March 22, 2009 at 2:08 pm

@Liara – The lyrics, along with the musician singing really make a song. This one feels like a timeless piece to me.

@Rummuser – With your loss – this really is fitting. The circle of life continues on, rest assured of that, my friend…


Cricket March 26, 2009 at 8:37 am

Thank you Lance.

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