Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Tip#378: Have the Best Friends in the World - Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage

I recently made a marketing decision to have Motivational Superhero as my job title. And it seems the universe is testing me to see if I am worthy of it! Just read this blog over the past few months and you'll see what I mean! e.g. G20 Experience

In shocking realization, the place I moved into 3 months ago did not work out (see tip#352). The result was I could feel the universe pushing my superhero buttons to do an even more massive purge of personal belongings I wrote about in tip#372. And though it has been intense letting go of furniture and other items of sentimental value I've maintained my indestructible optimism.

Once again close friends have been tremendously supportive. Even Facebook friends whom I rarely communicate with have been helpful in making recommendations for new Toronto neighborhoods and reliable movers. This is proof that when the rug has been pulled from under you that you will KNOW who your friends truly are.

Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage 2010

The documentary Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage is a revealing look at the close friendships of three members of the Canadian rock band Rush. All from Toronto, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson had been childhood friends while drummer Neil Peart joined the group while in his teens. They've been creating influential rock for 4 decades with hits like Closer to the Heart and The Spirit of Radio.

The documentary reveals that Peart suffered the devastating loss of his daughter and first wife in the late 90's. Peart chose to travel cross-country on his motorcycle in order to heal. His other band mates Lee and Lifeson cared so much about Peart that they felt that Rush as a band was over if Peart wasn't a part of it.

Supportive Friends

In my teens I learned to appreciate Rush. And their music formed the soundtrack of my high school memories. Now in my adult years I've learned to see them as amazingly talented individuals who were also great, supportive friends for each other.

Whatever challenges you are going through always remember that you are never alone. Remember that old and new friendships can form because of the issues you face. Be courageous and honest about your predicaments. You'll be surprised with who comes to your aid. This is how you'll discover who your best friends are in the world!

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Anonymous said...

Hi Emmanuel,
I've been dipping into your blog for a little while now, but not commented before.

I really like what you do. I love films and I love how you show the lessons we can draw from film.

I don't know what the personal disaster was that you talk about (haven't read the archives!) but I wish you strength for whatever comes your way next. And the G80 stuff was interesting, but I've heard enough now ;)


Anonymous said...

Oops, that would be G20, and not G80!!

Emmanuel Lopez - Motivatorman said...

Hi Elaine,

So glad you are enjoying my blog! Movies have truly saved my life in the past and keep inspiring me today. Glad you find lessons in films too.


Louisa Jewell said...

Hi Emmanuel, I love this post because when times are good and when times are bad, it is our best friends who make our lives better. Once you get rid of the 'stuff' you realize it was not really contributing to your well being after all. And yet we work long hours, often sacrificing our time with friends, to make more money to buy more 'stuff'. Thank you for sharing your story. It is a reminder of what is truly important. Much love to you.

Emmanuel Lopez - Motivatorman said...

Hello Louisa,

Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments. You touched on important keys to life when it comes to "stuff/money" versus the value of friends.


Head Health Nut said...

There's always purpose in pain - discovering true friends is always a positive outcome to a negative experience. :)

Thanks, Emmanuel, for sharing this important lesson from the Rush documentary and from your personal experiences.

And thank you for extending your appreciation to the friends (and strangers) who've helped you during these life changes. Helping good friends is gratifying in itself - gratitude is like the cherry on top of the whip cream!

You are the BEST, my friend.


Anonymous said...

I do like very much your new business title-Motivational Superhero! It is also such a fitting title for you personally.

You are truly a Superhero in how you have been handling your personal experiences these past months and still on-going that are so traumatic in every way. Only Superhero qualities can face and act accordingly this crisis after crisis.

But through resourcefullness, and the help of family and friends, you manage to plow down these crisis one by one head on.

It is like when another crisis comes up, I hear the Superman music ta-tata -taaaaaa and there you fly with your fist up (like your new picture) ready to battle head-on whatever is in your way and clear the path.


Emmanuel Lopez - Motivatorman said...

Thanks Steph for your appreciated comment. It also feels good letting others know when they make a positive difference in your life. Especially on a regular basis!


Emmanuel Lopez - Motivatorman said...

Thanks A.L.

Your comments made my day! Feel like I can leap over skyscrapers in a single bound!