Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Tip#142: Welcome Your Awakenings - Awakenings

Spring feels like it is finally pushing the snow and cold away. It's been an unusually long winter and many people I’ve talked to have felt the same way. Even in the news in Toronto it has been an issue of discussion for many. Some felt trapped in their own homes.


I recently saw a favourite film called Awakeningsstarring Robin Williams as Dr. Sayer. It's based on a true story of Dr. Oliver Sacksin a New York hospital. The story was a timely mirror for this trapped feeling I too was experiencing in certain areas of my life.

The story is about comatose patients who have not been able to move for decades. They've been trapped in their own bodies until Dr. Sayer uses an experimental drug to revive them. The first patient he experiments on is named Leonard played by Robert DeNiro.

Leonard comes out of his long winter sleep of about 30 years and rediscovers the beauty in the simplest things in life. DeNiro's Oscar nominated performance is astounding and will inspire you to be grateful for everything you have right now in life.

True stories like this can shake you up to new perspectives of your own problems. They help you to be appreciative of the positives of your health, the ability to move your own body and to recognize good people that are there for you.

So if you are feeling trapped somewhere in your life just awaken to the positives already present. Be grateful for the little pleasures and comforts you may be taking for granted. Choosing these positive perspectives will help to rattle your invisible cages in life.

And always remember that even long winters must eventually give way to the change of seasons. Spring will always come to you.

"What we do know is that, as the chemical window closed, another awakening took place; that the human spirit is more powerful than any drug - and THAT is what needs to be nourished: with work, play, friendship, family. THESE are the things that matter. This is what we'd forgotten - the simplest things."

Emmanuel Lopez
Silverlining Specialist & Motivational Wingman
© Emmanuel Lopez 2008

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Emmanuel, thank you for recommending the Awakenings movie and for reminding us to be grateful for the little things. So often, we can get stuck in focusing and worrying about what's not working in our lives, what we don't like, etc. This only brings us down and we feel like there's no hope. But if we just start to notice all the things we already have and really feel grateful for it all, we'll see that we have a lot. Just the other day, I was talking to a friend who was feeling down and defeated but found the insight to be thankful for the opportunity to wake up to a new day. It's this kind of little shift we can make in our awareness that can lift us up to feeling better. So thank you again for sharing your thoughts. I will definitely check out the movie.