Today’s dot is written by Grace Adams from Hilbert College’s Leadership Applications class: 

Hei Hei It’s Monday!

For those of you who haven’t yet seen Moana, here comes a spoiler alert! Moana is a Disney movie about a young teenage girl who seeks out the Demigod Maui to save her island and people. Throughout this movie, she faces many trials and comes to a heart-warming revelation at the end.

Moana’s animal sidekick is a chicken named Hei Hei. He’s stranded at sea with a teenage girl… you could say he is a little out of his element. In a scene where Moana realizes Hei Hei is on the boat with her, every time she removes the coconut from his head he screams when he sees his surroundings.

While some may think Hei Hei is an incompetent and simple minded chicken, I believe he is a metaphor for life. Often times we get in situations where we question ourselves: “What am I doing?” “Why am I so stubborn?” “Why can’t I get out of my own way?” “ What am I missing?”. In life, we find ourselves in these situations; we are out of our normal surroundings and our comfort zones and that can be frightening.

Throughout the entire movie, Moana is chasing what she believes to be her calling. What she doesn’t realize until later is that her ancestors, her people and her destiny are her calling. Hei Hei’s calling is to provide comic relief to Moana on this voyage to restore the heart of Te Fiti. He is a piece of her home while she is at sea and, while he might frustrate or worry her, on several occasions he gives the calmness of home.

So next time you are asking yourself questions like “What am I doing?” or “Why am I so stubborn?”, think about the bigger picture. What are you passionate about? Where do you feel at home? Since Moana was a child, the ocean was her calling and her mission in life was to save her people. What is calling you?



About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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