tip#400). Some were random acts of kindness from friends, family and even total strangers when things looked hopeless or impossible. Some were financial assistance related that came from out of the blue and at the last minute.
I’ll always remember one miracle thanks to my friend Lynn Manwar who recently passed away. Years ago when I needed to find a new home and found it seemingly impossible I was down to the last minute and did my best to maintain my belief that I’d find a place. I remember praying on a bus coming from my last option that didn’t work out. Once I got home I realized I had a message on my phone from Lynn asking if I was still looking for a place.
I immediately called her back and she said she had this sudden insight to call me and offer an extra room in her beautiful condo overlooking the lake. I was stunned and graciously accepted. To me this was a miracle and I felt it happened because I kept on believing no matter how bleak my future looked. This is what all my adversities over the years have taught me and it strengthens my indestructible optimism. And it was a reminder that there are always good people, like Lynn, who have a kind and generous heart.
Author and speaker, Dr. Joe Vitale also inspires me to continue to strengthen my positive mindset when he says to focus on the statement “expect miracles” in his books Zero Limits and Expect Miracles. I feel this is a wonderful, positive idea because it can train the mind to remain open to the unknown ways solutions can arrive. Here are two versions of the same film that also inspire faith and keeping an open mind and heart.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
The Christmas classic, Miracle on 34th Street, is about a kind old man who believes he is Santa Claus and how his belief causes everyone around him to either lift their spirits, change their own beliefs or feel threatened. This version stars Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle, John Payne as Fred Gailey the lawyer who helps Kris, Maureen O’Hara as Doris Walker and Natalie Wood as her daughter Susan. See: movie clip
“Faith is believing when common sense tells you not to.”
Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
This updated version stars Richard Attenborough as Kris Kringle, Dylan McDermott as Bryan Bedford, Elizabeth Perkins as Dorey Walker and Mara Wilson as her daughter Susan. Both films have wonderful performances and heartwarming moments and very funny scenes. They both inspire the idea of having faith when what you see seems hopeless or impossible. They also demonstrate that even a non-believer can change their mind, heart and attitude. See movie clip: Kris with deaf girl
“If you can't believe, if you can't accept anything on faith, then you're doomed for a life dominated by doubt.”
Also I love that each movie has a unique legal solution at the exciting courtroom finale! I highly recommend seeing both films.
Having an open mind to miracles is a good step towards activating your indestructible optimism when life or work appears hopeless. Let your favourite movies and movie heroes inspire you to build a positive mindset and be open to receiving unexpected solutions and gifts when you need them most. And who knows? You may also be the one to provide someone else a much needed miracle!
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