Sunday, May 17, 2009

Tip#257: The Optimism of Obama, Michael J. Fox and Superman – Superman The Movie

In times of personal or global crisis it is always inspiring to have optimistic role-models. These are the heroes that motivate us forward.

Barak Obama

"Who is Barack Obama? Contrary to the rumors you have heard, I was not born in a manger. I was actually born on Krypton and sent here by my father Jor-El to save the Planet Earth."
President Obama

I love this quote by President Obama because of its optimistic reference to Superman and how this comic book hero inspires hope on a global level. It's amazing to see how Obama arrived at a time when the economic crisis had hit the world. And it is his genuine positive energy that has inspired everyone to be optimistic in the face of uncertainty.

Superman The Movie 1978

Superman The Movie was the first superhero movie that brought the magic of a comic book character to life on the big screen for me. Starring Christopher Reeve this film fired up my imagination in my teens when I watched the man of steel do heroic acts. John William's rousing music added to the emotional power that stirs my soul every time I hear Superman's theme.

Later on Christopher Reeve would become a real-life hero by continuing to live a graceful and optimistic life despite a severe spinal injury. And though he finally passed away in 2004 he remains a hero for persevering.

Michael J. Fox

Another real-life hero is Michael J. Fox who continues to live positively since being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991. Fox's heroic optimism is already his legacy that he shares in his 2nd memoirs called Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist.

Fox shares that his family has helped him stay optimistic and to persevere. Family is a tremendous source of positive emotional energy for anyone. And it was heartwarming to see him feature his wife and family in a recent TV special where Fox explored optimism with people from all walks of life around the world.

So if the pressures of the world are getting you down or you are feeling low on optimism remember that optimistic heroes are all around you. Listen to the rousing words of world leaders. Re-energize your spirit with cinematic role models.

And be inspired by real-life heroes who have faced overwhelming adversity. They are all helping you to activate the optimistic hero within you!

"Everybody loves a hero. People line up for them, cheer them, scream their names. And years later, they'll tell how they stood in the rain for hours just to get a glimpse of the one who taught them how to hold on a second longer."
Spider-Man 2

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Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love the quote! Thanks.