Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Tip#282: Take A Break from the Real World - Coraline

Sooner or later you have to face your challenges. Taking time away from your problems can have its benefits as long as you are not running away from it.

Disappearing into a different world for awhile can re-invigorate the soul. It could be a good book, a simple walk, a trip away from home or even a movie theatre. And if you've been dealing with challenges, you will return to your world re-energized with new insights and drive.


The stop-motion animated fantasy world of Coraline is breathtaking to experience. I grew up making little stop-motion movies and I know it takes a long time to make those tiny little movements for an action figure’s arm or leg to move. It took the filmmakers of Coraline 4 years to make. The imaginative sets, characters, costumes and camera work are utterly amazing.

Coraline is an 11 year old girl, voiced by Dakota Fanning, feeling hopeless and bored because her parents don't have time to spend with her. She soon discovers a secret door in her new home that leads to an alternate, brighter version of her world with parents that happily attend to her every need.

It almost seems like a perfect world to escape into until a dark side to these "perfect parents" is revealed. Ultimately Coraline learns to face her fears and does what she must to save herself and those she loves. She realizes that her real world is much better than her fantasy one.

See the movie trailer: Coraline

So if you are unhappy with the life or career you are currently in, do your best to NOT run away from your challenges. Just take time away to clear your head and find solutions to improve your situation. Immerse yourself into an activity you enjoy like a favourite sport or a hobby you love.

And ask yourself this question: "What can I do to improve my situation?"

Ask this question several times with a sense of lightness that you are feeling while taking a break from your world. Feel your positive emotional energy increase as it pushes out your stressful energy!

Maintaining that FEEL GOOD energy is what allows the answers you seek to flow easily into your thoughts. And that is the ultimate benefit of taking a much-needed pause from whatever is weighing on you.

Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
Motivational Specialist
© Emmanuel Lopez 2009

1 comment:

Head Health Nutter said...

Great post, Emmanuel. I haven't seen this movie yet but I will definitely make the effort now.

I love the message, "be careful what you wish for." For any situation, there are positives and negatives. When we're focusing on the negative, we'll get more of the same. But if we focus on the positive aspects, we'll get more positives!

Thank you for the very practical advice, too, Emmanuel. Taking some time away from the situation, clearing stress and asking how we can improve the situation will most certainly help find creative solutions.