Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tip#134: You Can Bounce Back - Resiliency - Pixar's Boundin'
There is something inspiring from hearing stories of individuals who have bounced back from debilitating life experiences. Whether it is from a real-life story or even in the movies we can be motivated to see our own hidden strengths.
There was a recent article in The National Post called Leaps & Rebounds that looked at resiliency. It pointed out how different each of us copes with low points in our lives. Psychologist and author Beth Millertalks about the genes that we inherit that can determine how susceptible we are to hard times.
Both Miller and Dr. Myriam Mongrain, of York University's psychology department, agree that there are also ways of cultivating resiliency. I found this article deeply encouraging because I've learned the hard way of discovering personal methods that helped me move forward during dark times.
And it's true that people can be taught to cope more constructively. It's been my calling in life to document my methods for overcoming challenges in my life and I've witnessed how the participants in my seminars are hungry to learn what has worked for me.
Movies have been a powerful tool for motivating my inner drive to keep moving forward. One inspiring example came as an animated short that showed before the main feature of the animated film, The Incredibles. It was called Boundin'and was a whimsical story about a lamb who is having a happy life and then is suddenly depressed because his fur had been sheered off.
With the help of a wise passerby he learns to bounce back on his feet, literally! With colourful animal characters, an uplifting song and lyrical dialogue this short film is one resource guaranteed to lift you up when you're feeling down.
So in a life full of ups and downs always remember that you can learn to be more optimistic and stay energized. Remember that resilience is a strength within you and sometimes needs attention to be developed just like a muscle. Take time to look inside yourself and see how powerful you truly are.
Click here for past tips on resiliency:
Tip#47: Resilience-Your Hidden Super Power!
Tip#68: Why Do We Fall?
To read the Leaps & Rebounds article:
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