Life is not always easy. The one guarantee that we all have is that it can change at a moment’s notice. Sometimes this is a good thing, and other times, we face struggles. When we go through hard times, it is easy to slip into self-pity. If we place mind over matter, we’re capable of incredible feats.
Determination can help you beat the odds
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007), starring Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Seigner, tells the true story of Jean-Dominique Bauby (Jean-Do), former editor for Elle magazine.
When Jean-Do suffers a stroke, he becomes trapped inside his body. Although he is paralyzed, his mind is sharp. He learns to communicate despite his physical limitations.
Move beyond what you think is possible
Your mindset can be your greatest asset. Jean-Do proves that we are capable of overcoming obstacles if we don’t allow them to define us. While most of us will not face physical trauma nearly as daunting, we can learn a great deal from his perseverance.
We can either be overcome by challenges, or we can look at struggle as an opportunity to learn and grow. This film is a reminder that we can be extremely resilient–even in the face of difficult circumstances.
Close down the pity-party. Your only limitation is your imagination.
We all go through failures and challenges, but having the right mindset can help us overcome the lowest lows. Jean-Do’s story made me realize that I have no excuse for self-pity. His determination inspired me to have a better attitude when faced with adversity. Moments of struggle have told me the most about who I am. They made me stronger, faster, and more dedicated than I was before.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly gets 4 out of 5 stars for its inspirational storytelling.
Don’t let self-limiting thoughts get in the way of your dreams. Keep moving forward no matter where life takes you.
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