Sunday, June 22, 2008

Tip#167: The Circle of Life - 3 Movie Tips

Last week was Father's Day Sunday and it was filled with emotional synchronicities as mentioned in the previous tip. The weather started out full of sunshine and then transformed into a series of torrential rainstorms all across the greater Toronto area. It was as if the skies were sending a powerful message to everyone below.

The thought of death and sadness was still in the air because of my friend's sudden passing and the absence of my father. It would only be the next day that I would receive the happy news that occurred that Sunday morning.

I found out that one of my best friends gave birth prematurely to a healthy baby girl. The news filled my spirit with a surge of renewed energy. I felt so uplifted and happy. This special event reminded me of the profound circle of life.

This made me think of 3 movies that celebrated the circle of life:

The Lion King

The Circle of Life is a powerful song from the animated movie The Lion King. The film opens with this song introducing the young lion prince Simba being born. With the murder of his father, King Mufasa, young Simba must learn to be strong and carry on his destiny in being king. The movie ends with the birth of Simba's own son completing the circle of life.


The movie Parenthood has a star-studded cast including Steve Martin showing the happiness and pains in several families. You see how relationships get complicated and how loved ones can overcome differences. At the ending you see how the birth of new additions to the families ultimately brings everyone together in the spirit of love.

Notting Hill

There is a scene in the romantic comedy Notting Hill where Hugh Grant's character, William is depressed and walking through the Notting Hill marketplace after a relationship breakup. As he walks with head low through the streets the scene magically transforms through the seasons of summer, fall, winter and back to spring. You witness how William moves through his sadness into feeling better.

You also see a pregnant woman at the beginning of the scene carrying her new born at the end. William says hello to the baby with a smile on his face. It's a wonderful metaphor for one's spirit being renewed.

So that stormy Father's Day Sunday heralded positive messages that with death there is always life. And sometimes negative mindsets have to die in order for new ones can be born. The rainstorms were there to clear away any sadness, anger and tears.

Wherever you are in the circle of life know that we are all in this together. It is in each other that we can find support and to help one another through unexpected crisis and change.

So if you see a baby today say hello and know they are reminding you about the ultimate joy in the circle of life.

Emmanuel Lopez
Motivational Specialist & Motivational Wingman
© Emmanuel Lopez 2008

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Just want to thank you for an uplifting message - your motivational tips have really helped me to deal with challenges in life and to see new light/opportunities in the horizon.