Sunday, June 10, 2018

Tip#1097: Remember Your Indestructible Optimism, Part 7 - Depression - Breathe

This past week saw two celebrities passing away unexpectedly due to suicidal depression. Fashion Designer Kate Spade and Chef Anthony Bourdain both took their own lives which instigated a stream of social media posts of people sharing their grief and raising awareness for more dialogue and understanding. Thankfully there was one key message I saw on Twitter that needed to be heard the loudest.

The message was that the people who need to reach out are not the ones suffering but are actually their friends, family or co-workers. I have faced the hopeless despair of suicidal depression many times and it is so utterly debilitating that it's not possible to reach out. But there is hope for people witnessing others in pain or in denial if they can take time to educate themselves of clinical depression symptoms and how they can offer some effective help.

I believe my work can be of great assistance because my struggles allowed me to document my journey on this movie blog and the films that helped me cope and survive for over ten years. For the past few months I’ve been working on a new website to organize over 1,000 blog posts for easier access for people dealing with depression or difficult times. Most importantly I also designed it for those co-workers, friends, family and loved ones who’ve been searching for a resource to better understand and helped those they see are suffering.

So I’m happy to say that my Movies for Motivation resource is completed enough to share right now. The films are in alphabetical order and there will be a section for top movie lists and a section for specific motivational themes such as perseverance, resilience and optimism. All the movie titles feature personal stories of how 100’s of Hollywood movies helped me through clinical depression & other adversities in my life, career & business. Please share this link with those who could use this resource right now. See:

Breathe (2017)

The biographical film, Breathe, is about Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield), who became paralyzed from the neck down by polio at age 28, and the loving support of his wife Diana (Claire Foy), son Jonathan and the rest of his family and friends. This visually stunning and emotionally rich story is filled with many heartfelt moments and uplifting, inspiring scenes. See: movie trailer

I was dealing with depression symptoms when, after prayer and meditation, I felt intuitively guided to watch this movie. The wonderful music and the pure optimism saturating each scene immediately soothed the ruminating of my negative thoughts and feelings of hopelessness. Diana’s love and support for Robin was truly epic to witness especially when Robin initially asked to let him die due to his growing depression. She remained strong for him when he wasn’t able to be. This is one of the greatest love stories I’ve ever seen.

Witnessing Robin’s struggles in losing his ability to move his entire body is difficult and yet his will to live and ability to innovate new ways of achieving a more normal life while stuck to a bed and breathing machine is exhilarating and so life affirming! He and his wife were pioneers in healthcare and that is another highly inspirational aspect as they help change the world together.

Inspiring Themes:
• Passion
• Perseverance
• Resilience
• Indestructible Optimism
• Supportive Relationships
• A Vision of a Better World
• Having a Vision
• Problem Solving
• Creative Thinking

The story behind the making of this film is also intriguing which I discovered watching the TIFF 2017 Conference on YouTube. Robin’s son Jonathan grew up to be a film producer and pitched the story of his parents to his close friend and business partner Andy Serkis. Serkis is an actor more known for his groundbreaking motion capture work as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Serkis was so moved that he made the story his directorial debut and, in the press conference interview, perfectly described my feelings about the film…

“It’s such an incredibly vivid, brilliant, vibrant and witty take on disaster… The essence of this movie is hope, the essence of this movie is love and the essence of Robin and Diana is this incredible wit and humour. That was reflected in every single aspect of making this film."

Some situations in life can appear to be utterly hopeless and it’s important to remember that the primary solution for moving through the darkness is doing it together. It is the love and support of family, friends, loved ones, co-workers and colleagues that can help each of us facing the blackness of despair and depression.

And uplifting movies can help in these dark times. Find a film and let these characters be shining cinematic role models of indestructible optimism for you or someone you care about today!

Related Tips:
Tip#593: Remember Your Indestructible Optimism, Part 1 - Argo
Tip#904: Remember Your Indestructible Optimism, Part 2 – Depression - The 33
Tip#974: Remember Your Indestructible Optimism, Part 3 - Ghostbusters 2016 
Tip#977: Remember Your Indestructible Optimism, Part 4 - Me Before You 
Tip#1058: Remember Your Indestructible Optimism, Part 5 - TIFF 2017 - Mary Shelley 
Tip#1095: Remember Your Indestructible Optimism, Part 6 - Solo: A Star Wars Story in 4DX
Tip#1097: Remember Your Indestructible Optimism, Part 7 - Depression - Breathe

Tip#998: Top 20 Inspiring Movies for Indestructible Optimism!
Tip#200: How To Build Indestructible Optimism - Top 9 Movie Tips
Tip#638: Praying, Faith & Indestructible Optimism - Unconditional

SEE NEW WEBSITE featuring 100's of movies from this blog listed A to Z!

• READ: Top 10 Inspiring Movies for Managing Depression
• READ: Emmanuel & Depression featured in The Toronto Star
• LISTEN: Emmanuel's CBC Radio Interview on Movie Messages of Hope: The Fresh Air Show
• WATCH: Uplifting Movie Montage produced by Emmanuel Lopez!
• DISCOVER: 8 Creative Tools for Motivation & Depression

Remember How Movies Can Help You:
A) Entertain & Escape
B) Re-energize & Release
C) Inspiration & Motivation

Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
Motivational Speaker
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