Sunday, April 17, 2016

Tip#948: What Does Family Mean to You? Part 6 – The Jungle Book

This has been a wonderfully busy week where I felt I made many new soulful connections! It started off attending The Toronto Food & Drink Market where I met two new friends through other close friends. Then I reconnected with David Wallach and Daniel Levinas of MoviePosters.com an amazing warehouse with over 80,000 titles right here in Toronto! These people were all movie lovers and that always makes me feel like they are extended family!

Later in the week I helped take some event photography at my friend Tammy Cunningham’s monthly networking event Dinnerspirations. There I had three amazing conversations that inspired me about my health and for building my professional speaking career. The next morning I was the opening speaker at Learnography’s Brunchography event at the beautiful boutique hotel The Beverley Hotel. At the start I asked the packed audience how many people loved movies and almost every hand enthusiastically went up! Again that moment made me feel like I had found my clan and a soulful community! (More photos to come soon from all these events!).

With David Wallach at Movieposter.com

With Sheryl Gill & Tammy Cunningham at Dinnerspirations

With Gabriella Fermo, Juliana Trichilo Cina and Amy Coupal at Learnography's Brunchography

I’ve also been feeling much better and I believe it’s because, in part, of my dedication to the new daily gut health diet I wrote about in tip#945. I was actually hyper aware during all these social events of how good I felt because in these moments I was feeling so alive, more alert, focused and energetic! Being around people can also be energizing and even more so when there is a bonding factor like the love of cinema!

The Jungle Book (2016)

The live-action/computer-animated fantasy adventure film, The Jungle Book, is based on the Disney animated film of the same name about Mowgli (Neel Sethi), an orphaned human boy raised and guided by his animal guardians in the jungle. This visually breathtaking epic story presents a rich world with wonderful performances by Bill Murray as Baloo the bear, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera the black panther, Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha the mother wolf, Christopher Walken as King Louie the ape, Idris Elba as Shere Khan the tiger and more. See: movie trailer


The social and family aspect of this film is both fascinating and wonderful to see especially during a drought and the timeout period called the Water Truce. This is when all the different types of animals come together in peace and drink at one location. The multicultural metaphors also shine through as, during Mowgli’s adventures, you can see the beauty and diversity of each animal he encounters.

Inspiring Themes:
• Finding Yourself
• Courage
• Perseverance
• Resilience
• Indestructible Optimism
• Leadership
• Teamwork
• Unique Skills, Talents, Gifts
• Strategic Thinking
• Supportive Relationships
• Family & Community


Though Mowgli goes on a search of a human family it is clear from the start that he already had a loving family and community. He may look and behave differently but in the end this film is highly inspiring for just being yourself and you’ll discover good-hearted people who will support you no matter what.

So what does family mean to you? Is it the people you grew up with or the people in your workplace? Or is it because of the loving people who share the same passions that you do? Whatever family means to you I hope that they give you a sense of belonging, mutual love and unconditional support. It is a fantastic feeling to be empowered by others around you and to feel part of an awesome clan! Embrace them today!

Related Tips:
Tip#660: What Does Family Mean to You? Part 1 – Fast & Furious 6
Tip#172: Cultivate Community, Part 1 – Witness
Tip#300: Cultivate Supportive Relationships, Part 1 – Top 25 Movies
Tip#477: Great Teamwork Movies Part 1 – X-Men: First Class – Kung Fu Panda 2 

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