Sunday, May 19, 2019

Tip#1146: Have a Good Cry at the Movies, Part 5 - A Dog’s Journey

Something that surprised me from my weekly group therapy sessions was discovering how much pain and tears I still carried about my dad’s passing 19 years ago. I am still emotional when sharing stories about this great man. Thankfully I was encouraged by the psychiatrist to see my tears as a positive rather than the negative perception that sadness or regret are feelings I needed to “let go of” or release. I simply needed to allow myself to “feel” these feelings.

During some of these sessions I’ve also talked about the shiny dimes I’ve found that I believe my dad’s spirit lets me find in order to lift me up at specific times. These dimes sometimes let me know that whatever decisions I just made were confirmed to be the best and then encouraged me not to question it.

This happened recently as I made my way to see a matinee movie on a sunny Saturday morning. As I walked along Eglinton Ave. West amidst the construction of the new subway line in Toronto I found a shiny dime glistening in the sunlight and I knew that my dad was saying the film I decided to see would be extra special. And he was right!

A Dog’s Journey (2019)

The comedy drama fantasy film, A Dog’s Journey, is the sequel to A Dog's Purpose where Ethan (Dennis Quaid) instructs his beloved dog Bailey (Josh Gad) to find and protect his granddaughter CJ (Kathryn Prescott). This emotional journey once again shows the different lives, dog breeds and genders that Baily goes through to find CJ. The movie also stars Marg Helgenberger, Betty Gilpin and Henry Lau.
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I loved the first film, A Dog’s Purpose (see tip#1026), and had no idea there was a sequel being made until I saw the trailer. It was such a welcomed surprise though the film unexpectedly explored darker areas of life. And yet it helped make the payoffs for the human characters much more emotional and satisfying. Bailey once again was hilarious and highly entertaining as: an elderly St. Bernard/Australian shepherd mix; a female beagle named Molly; a male mastiff named Big Dog; and a male Yorkshire terrier named Max.

The story was very inspirational in demonstrating Bailey’s passion and perseverance for his mission to continuously find CJ as she got older. The film also showed the power of friendship, family, love, trust and forgiveness when faced with pain and loss. And for me I was sobbing by the end at the message that the people and pets we lose still live on in some other form. The film was a reminder that my dad’s spirit was truly alive and was watching over me with love and continued guidance.

Movies have the power to allow each of us to feel our feelings whether they are happiness, anger, sadness or other emotions. They can give us permission to express trapped emotions that could not have been expressed over the years. Find a film today to help you have a good cry at. Your tears will allow some sunlight to shine through the dark cloud you are under!

Related Tips:
Tip#1007: Have a Good Cry at the Movies, Part 4 - Manchester by the Sea 
Tip#436: 12 Healing Movies For Grieving The Loss of a Loved One 
Tip#1114: What Does Family Mean to You? Part 10 - Moonstruck – Unleashed 

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Tip#1145: Life Lessons in Your Favourite Movies, Part 6 - Long Shot

I am always inspired by anyone who can immediately speak their mind with confidence and fully articulate their feelings. I’ve entered my fourth month of my weekly group therapy program and I am so grateful I’ve been learning many tools and methods to empower myself!

New solutions I’ve discovered have come from getting to my core values and using them as a compass for choices I need to make in my life, work and career. And then taking steps to believe in myself come into play. This means reprogramming my beliefs. Positive affirmations are a key tool I’ve used for years to help re-energize self-worth and confidence and continues to be an empowering daily practice for me.

My current affirmation I say several times a day is...

“I AM connected to my most powerful and positive version of myself.”

This statement was inspired by future self meditations (see tip#759) and TV Shows like Star Trek Discovery, The O.A. Part 2 and The Orville. I was also inspired by recent movies like Avengers: Endgame because all these shows highlighted the concept of multiple universes and multiple versions of a person that exist (read more in tip#1139).

To my surprise I recently discovered a romantic comedy that had showed the power of affirmations. It made me smile as it mirrored my current experiences in life!

Long Shot (2019)

The romantic comedy film, Long Shot, is about Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) a gifted and free-spirited journalist who is hired as a speechwriter by his former babysitter, Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron), now the United States Secretary of State. This entertaining, hilarious and raunchy comedy also stars O'Shea Jackson Jr., June Diane Raphael, Bob Odenkirk, Alexander SkarsgÄrd and Andy Serkis unrecognizable under amazing make-up.
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The chemistry between Rogen and Theron was wonderful, funny and electric! I was also thrilled by the life lessons that came through loud and clear throughout the story. Each of the leads, Fred and Charlotte, demonstrate personal strengths in character when tested with their core values. They were able to successfully use these values as their compass for making life and career decisions.

Also, when Fred faces fears and issues of self-esteem and self-worth he is reminded by his best friend Lance (O'Shea Jackson Jr.) to believe in himself through an affirmation. He tells Fred to repeat to himself is this simple phrase...


“I am worthy of love.”
 
He resists this at first but later embraces this affirmation and begins to feel worthy and confident to follow his passionate feelings for Charlotte.

I’m not sure how the general audience reacted when seeing these affirmation scenes but I hope it resonates deeply with anyone familiar with this practice and exploring their own personal growth and development. It’s moments like these cinematic life lessons that makes me love movies the most!

Movies can be so much more than entertainment because they could contain life lessons that inspire positive, exciting change in your life or career. Your favourite films could actually be holding answers you’ve been seeking to overcome challenges you’ve faced for years. They could also feature empowering statements you could use as an affirmation. Find that special movie today to re-vitalize your positivity and inner strengths!

Related Tips:
Tip#1123: Learning to Love Yourself, Part 3 - Ralph Breaks the Internet 
Tip#331: Remember Your Self-Worth - Seabiscuit 
Tip#76: Rebuilding Your Self-Worth, Part 3 - The Sixth Sense 
Tip#984: Life Lessons in Your Favourite Movies, Part 5 - The Godfather 

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Sunday, May 05, 2019

Tip#1144: The Uplifting Power of Nostalgia, Part 8 – The Sound of Music – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

The feeling of nostalgia can be a profound and powerful experience. I recently saw two favourite childhood films that instantaneously transported me to joyful times when I first saw them! The Sound of Music and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang both had a grand impact on me as a kid and I listened to their movie soundtracks over and over again. Even decades later I can still sing some of the lyrics of these songs!

Seeing the crisp Bluray versions of these two films were a truly stunning, nostalgic experience! The visual richness of each film was so beautiful to watch again as it triggered many happy memories. And what also struck me was how uplifting and empowering some of the song lyrics were. As a child I just enjoyed the tunes and now as an adult I can feel inspired by the messages of these wonderful songs!

The Sound of Music (1965)

The musical drama film, The Sound of Music, is about Maria (Julie Andrews) sent from an Austrian abbey to become the governess of seven children of a widowed naval captain (Christopher Plummer) prior to World War II. Based on the real life story of the Von Trapp Family singers, this beloved, Oscar-winning movie is overflowing with memorable songs and iconic cinematic moments.
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I was in awe watching the gorgeous, lush scenery of the Austrian landscapes and every setting of the songs I grew up loving! Songs like "My Favorite Things", "I Have Confidence” and “Something Good” have such uplifting, inspirational lyrics. While songs like "Edelweiss" and the title track “The Sound of Music” still make my heartache with an indefinable longing I feel deep inside me.

I recently gave my mom an 80th birthday gift of a double glass framed original 1965 vinyl soundtrack album. Seeing this album I adored after so many decades was so heartwarming and was the beginning of a floodgate of memories flowing from my childhood! I soon watched the movie and felt re-energized. I highly recommend seeing this movie whether its by yourself or shared with your friends or family.

Original Soundtrack Listing:

1.Prelude / The Sound of Music
2.Overture and Preludium (Dixit Dominus)
3.Morning Hymn and Alleluia
4.Maria
5.I Have Confidence
6.Sixteen Going on Seventeen
7.My Favorite Things
8.Do-Re-Mi
9.The Sound of Music
10.The Lonely Goatherd
11.Edelweiss
12.So Long, Farewell 
13.Climb Ev'ry Mountain 
14.Something Good
15.Climb Ev'ry Mountain (reprise)

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

The musical adventure fantasy film, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, is about inventor Caractacus Potts (Dick Van Dyke) transforming a broken-down Grand Prix car into a magical car and going on adventures with his children, Jeremy (Adrian Hall), Jemima (Helther Ripley) and Truly Scrumptious (Sally Ann Howes), the daughter of a wealthy sweet factory. This highly entertaining family film is filled with memorable songs and scenes starring an array of colourful characters and settings. 
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Seeing this movie triggered so many happy childhood memories and was surprised to learn it was almost 2 1/2 hours long. Didn't feel long as a kid! It truly ignited my imagination and cherished the Corgi and Mattel car toys I wished I had kept. It had fold out wings and an inflatable cushion to put the car on top of when playing in the tub. I found out that Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson owns one of the original cars and likes to drive his actors in it between shoots!

There are also so many memorable songs with my favourite being “Doll On A Music Box” and the “Truly Scrumptious” duet with Sally Ann Howes and Dick Van Dyke. The lyrics and tune are so beautiful but also tinged with a touch of melancholy. I was surprised to learn that James Bond writer and creator Ian Fleming wrote Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It makes sense with all the fun inventions and the name Truly Scrumptious that could have been a Bond girl name too!

Original Soundtrack Listing:

1.Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
2.You Two
3.Toot Sweets
4.Hushabye Mountain
5.Me ‘Ol Bam-Boo
6.Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
7.Truly Scrumptious
8.Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
9.Lovely Lonely Man
10.Posh!
11.Hushabye Mountain (Reprise)
12.The Roses of Success
13.Chu-Chi Face
14.Doll On A Music Box & Truly Scrumptious
15.Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Finale)
16.Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Main Title)

We all have favourite films as kids that inspired our imaginations or filled our heads with memorable tunes we’d sing over and over again. And as adults it’s empowering to realize that these films and songs can fill us with positive emotional energy, joy and even hope and optimism during difficult times. If you are feeling down or depressed just find one of your childhood favourites to triggered your happy nostalgic feelings and get ready for some bright sunshine to warm up your heart!

Related Tips:
Tip#356: Feel Good from Nostalgia - Big Trouble In Little China
Tip#1126: Family & Nostalgic Memories, Part 6 – Bumblebee
Tip#1099: The Uplifting Power of Nostalgia, Part 7 – The Movie Music of John Williams


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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Tip#1143: How Superhero Movies Inspire, Part 3 - Avengers: Endgame

I’ve had many successes as well as many traumatic times in my life. I’ve had to learn how to cope with the hurt, anxiety and depression that came from losing loved ones and losing the life and work I once thrived in as an illustrator (see tip#400). Thankfully I was able to receive revitalizing support from friends, family and work colleagues over the years. I am also so grateful for each and every movie hero that inspired me to persevere and keep moving forward!

Losing my dad unexpectedly in 2000 left me in shock and it took me a long time to get over his death. Some years later a friend committed suicide followed by three friends passing away from cancer within 18 months of each other. I’ve had to deal with deep-rooted guilt and regret with some of these loved ones and thankfully I received help like the group therapy program I’ve been sharing in previous blog posts (see tip#1136). I learned that I couldn’t solve the pain I’d been dealing with by myself.

Me and my dad at my Rain of Angels music CD launch party, one year before he would unexpectedly pass away.

Seeing Avengers: Endgame mirrored so much of the experiences I’ve faced of losing loved ones. The movie was a revelation for a Marvel superhero film in exploring the emotional depths of loss that unfolded at the end of the previous film Avengers: Infinity War. At the same time the film is overflowing with inspiration and excitement for solutions and new perspectives for breaking free of the past and moving forward with renewed hope.

Avengers: Endgame (2019)

The superhero action film, Avengers: Endgame, is about the aftermath of the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018) that left half of the population dead on Earth and the universe. With the help of allies, the remaining original Avengers assemble once more in order to undo the actions committed by the villain Thanos (Josh Brolin). This highly thrilling and engaging movie features a huge ensemble cast that includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, and Josh Brolin.
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This epic and deeply emotional film was a love letter to all the fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe! It had me captivated so much that its three hour running time went by so quickly and the world outside the theatre totally disappeared. Each of the six core Avengers (Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow and Hawkeye) got a chance to shine and show how they dealt with their personal losses. And they each rise up from their pain and show great personal leadership and resilience.

The movie not only puts satisfying closure on a 10 year film series, that began with Iron Man (2008), it is loaded with life lessons for dealing with loss and excellent examples of leadership, teamwork and strategic thinking and planning.

Inspiring Themes:
• Courage
• Passion
• Perseverance
• Resilience
Indestructible Optimism
• Supportive Relationships
• Family
• Letting Go
• Starting Over
• Dealing with Trauma
• Depression
• Grieving
• Leadership
• Teamwork
• Strategic Thinking & Planning
• Problem Solving
• Personal Sacrifices

To keep this spoiler free I’ve just written about the many key points of why I highly recommend you seeing this film as soon as possible. There is much to discover in the inspirational learning moments while enjoying this epic cinematic experience. Life can be filled with many highs and many lows.

Dealing with the loss of a loved one is one of the most devastating experiences anyone can face. Thankfully there are movies that can help us cope with the pain and even provide hope in the darkest of times. Find a film today that will help you feel you are not alone and remind you that others are already there around you to help you persevere.

Related Tips:
Tip#359: How Superhero Movies Inspire - Top 10 Superhero Movies 
Tip#1091: How Superhero Movies Inspire, Part 2 - Avengers Infinity War 
Tip#590: Expand Your Mind with Time Travel Movies, Pt 1 – The Time Traveler’s Wife
Tip#436: 12 Healing Movies For Grieving The Loss of a Loved One

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