Sunday, December 28, 2008
Tip#217: Appreciate What You Have - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
On Christmas Day I got a new watch I absolutely loved. It had a luxurious, retro look and this rich chocolate colour to it. It actually felt like a magical watch that was going to guide me into a fantastic new year.
Later that day I would also see a movie that would have a powerful and magical message about time for me.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The film I saw was The Curious Case of Benjamin Button starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett and it struck me on so many emotional levels that I've thought about it every day since. It's a fairy tale-like story about a man who is born an old man and then ages backwards.
It is such an absurd concept and yet it becomes this life-affirming movie about how special we all are and to appreciate the time we are given. It will also make you see that all your problems are important parts of your own wonderful, unique journey through life.
The movie was also a reflection of my own unusual journey in life. For example my chronological age does not match my biological age. Audiences in my keynotes and workshops are always shocked when they learn I am in my mid-forties. My outward appearance, especially my face, can still pass for someone in their twenties.
There have been many times while meeting with clients or people for the first time AND even relatives who are compelled to blurt out the question, "How old are you?!" Of course it is inappropriate to ask such a question especially in a business meeting but these days I do my best to see it as a compliment rather then an abnormality.
That's why The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a huge inspiration to me because Button's experiences with people he meets mirrors some of the unwanted questions about my appearance. The movie reminds me to focus on my personal foibles as unique and special.
And Button's story will inspire you to just live and love no matter how strange or isolating your own life can get.
So if you've been feeling disconnected from others around you or if you feel like time is passing you by, know that you are not alone. As they say in the movie, we are all on different paths but heading for the same place. Appreciate your uniqueness and the time you are given on this world.
*Read the best review of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button that mirrored my own thoughts on Ain't it cool.com: click here
© Emmanuel Lopez 2008