Kingdom of Heaven did I feel empowered again.
When Kingdom of Heaven first came out it received mixed reviews and considered a box office bomb in the US. Director Ridley Scott has since released his intended vision on DVD at over 3 hours, 45 minutes more then the theatrical cut. Some reviewers suggested that it is the most substantial Director's Cut of all time. In my eyes I discovered a new movie hero to motivate me.
Kingdom of Heaven - The Director's Cut 2005
The movie Kingdom of Heavenis set during the Crusades of the 12th century where a village blacksmith named Balian (Orlando Bloom) goes on a journey to Jerusalem. It is a journey for becoming an outstanding knight and leader. When we first meet Balian his spirit has been crushed because of his wife's recent suicide. He slowly transforms into a stronger man after he discovers his father is Baron Godfrey (Liam Neeson).
A dying Godfrey then knights Balian and orders him to serve the King of Jerusalem and protect the helpless. Soon you see noble qualities in Balian and extraordinary leadership qualities. He demonstrates a positive attitude to every situation he faces and shows he is no better than anyone else even when he inherits his father's land and the people who live there. While in battle Balian shows he is a skilled strategist and swordsman.
Seeing the Director's Cut of this film transformed my gray day. It lifted my spirits as the movie hero did with those around him. Somehow seeing the hero and his good deeds inspired me to be the best I could be. Once again the magic of cinema transformed my attitude and energy.
If you are feeling low energy or a little lost seek out a new hero to be inspired by. Read the daily news and find stories of people doing extraordinary deeds. Find a novel with a hero that inspires you to be a stronger leader in your own life, career or workplace.
And, of course, you can discover a new movie hero to be your cinematic role model. Let your intention to be inspired guide you to the perfect movie to watch that features your new example. There are so many movie heroes waiting for you to discover them right now!
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