Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tip#268: Keep Your Chin Up – The Color Purple
Sometimes it takes just one caring soul to help lift your broken spirits.
In retrospect I realized my recent personal angst I'd been feeling (see previous tip#267) were connected to memories of my friend who had committed suicide exactly one year ago (see tip#165 and tip#166). It would explain my emotional state of feelings being unearthed along with the decluttering I was doing in my live/work space.
I was still feeling a little lost and unmotivated the day after I wrote the previous tip when I received a comment on that entry. It was from a woman in the UK whom I didn't know. She wrote how grateful she was for the post and reminded me that I was making a difference with my blog. Read comment.
Her comment helped to keep my chin up and fill my tired soul with positive emotional energy. She reminded me that my passion for movies and writing this blog mattered to people around the world. That same day I would later receive more encouraging comments from various sources and felt they were all angels reminding me that my life has value.
The Color Purple
Synchronistically I later saw a powerful scene from the movie The Color Purple starring Whoopi Goldberg as Celie. The scene was where she helped her friend Sophie, played by Oprah Winfrey, do groceries for her master. You can see how utterly depressed and broken Sophie is and how grateful she was to Celie through her eyes.
As Sophie returns to her master's car she turns to look at Celie. Celie just smiles and quietly points to Sophie and then gestures to her chin to keep it lifted. She was simply telling Sophie to keep her chin up.
Both characters experience extreme adversities and emotional pain throughout their lives but they both make it through because of each other's strengths. Years later Sophie tells Celie that what she did that day at the grocery store reminded her that there was a God. See this scene on YouTube: click here
So remember you are never alone no matter how low you feel or how much life is pressing down on you. Keep your eyes and ears open for the hidden angels sending you messages of comfort and encouragement.
Most of all do your best to keep your chin up. That very action will telegraph to the world that you'll keep moving forward no matter what.
© Emmanuel Lopez 2009