Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Tip#933: Resilience Resources, Part 21 - Depression - Under the Tuscan Sun

It’s amazing to look back and recognize all the factors that helped me stay resilient during the unexpected change and crisis I’ve faced over the years. I feel so blessed with all the supportive, loving relationships that helped fuel my drive and perseverance especially when dealing with depression.

Movies have also been an invaluable resilience resource for me and I recently rediscovered one that helped me during the dark year of 2010 when I went through a financial crisis and collapse of my life and business (see tip#400). And now six years later I watched it again and recognized even more how rich in inspiration the film can be for anyone going through difficult life or career changes.

Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

 The romantic comedy drama film, Under the Tuscan Sun, is about a recently divorced San Francisco writer named Frances Mayes (Diane Lane) who makes a big life change purchasing a villa in Tuscany, Italy. Based on the memoirs by Frances Mayes, this enchanting story is filled with many uplifting life lessons and wonderful, heartfelt performances by Lane as well as Sandra Oh and Lindsay Duncan. See: movie trailer

Frances is a powerful example of a strong movie hero because she demonstrates great courage dealing with depression and in stepping into the unknown while creating a new life in a new country. Once she purchases her villa you see how quickly she is helped and supported in her transition by the Tuscan community. And despite the difficulties adjusting, Frances shows perseverance, resilience and times of vulnerability to shed tears and anger when her new life looked hopeless. In one of her darkest moments, Frances is encouraged to have faith when told this story…

“There is a section of the Alps called the Semmering. It is an impossibly steep, very high part of the mountains. They built a train track over these Alps to connect Vienna and Venice. They built these tracks before there was a train in existence that could make the trip. They built it because they knew someday the train would come.” 

This story inspires Frances to believe that life will work out for her and that the love and relationships she seeks will someday come. Until then she learns to live in the moment and enjoy the good and bad days that unfold. That is when she realizes how rich her new life already is surrounded by many people and friends who love her.

Inspiring Themes:
• Perseverance
• Resilience
• Courage
• Adaptability
• Facing fear of the unknown
• Supportive Relationships
• Community

Sometimes it’s difficult to see the richness in our lives when faced with unexpected change, crisis or depression. And when looking back you may realize you were surrounded by people and other resources that strengthened your will and resilience to continue. So do your best now to have faith and believe you will always have all the love and support you need when life looks dark. And when you need help in believing let your favourite movie heroes remind you of this!

“You have to live spherically in many directions. Never lose your childish enthusiasm, and things will come your way.” 
Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

Related Tips:
Tip#873: Resilience Resources, Part 16 - Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation 
Tip#400: Recognize All Your Silver Linings – Under The Tuscan Sun 
Tip#855: How Movies Saved My Life, Part 1 - Depression & Mental Health - Tomorrowland  
Tip#754: Strong Women in the Movies, Part 1 - Belle  

MOVIE MESSAGES OF HOPE: Fresh Air Show 14 minutes

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

Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
Motivational Speaker & Movie Blogger
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