The Attitude Doc- Weekly Life Change Lessons

How much do you take for granted?

Movies can be a source of inspiration and entertainment or negativity and violence. Once again, The Attitude Doc says, “It’s all choice.” The Diving Bell and the Butterfly spoke to me of absolute awe especially learning that it is a true story. While in his forties, at the height of his career, journalist, author and editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, had a stroke that left him paralyzed, with the exception of his mind and one eyelid that became his only source of communication. The human spirit continues to amaze me: “One day… I can find it amusing, in my 45th year, to be cleaned up and turned over, to have my bottom wiped and swaddled like a newborn’s. I even derive a guilty pleasure from this total lapse into infancy. But the next day, the same procedure seems to me unbearably sad, and a tear rolls down through the lather a nurse’s aide spreads over my cheeks.”

Without divulging the intensity of the movie, I can say that it left me with another opportunity to be introspective and reflect on my life:

  • Am I being an example of patience and compassion to others?
  • Am I doing enough to make the world a better place, or am I too self-absorbed in my own pursuits?
  • Do I spend more time turning the searchlight inward to improve that I don’t have time to judge others?
  • Are my words expressions of kindness and understanding or are they bullets that hurt?
  • Is my attitude one that I can be proud of when I take my last breath?

Life can be drastically altered or even snuffed out at any moment.

  • What are you doing with the moments of your life?
  • How do you spend your time?
  • How would you describe the quality of your thoughts?
  • What service are you bringing to the lives of others or to our planet?

It could all be over before you planned, you know? While on the subject, another entertaining and thought-provoking movie, The Bucket List motivated me to look at the same genre of questions.

Despite his condition, Jean-Do authored the book The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. How he accomplished this is something you will want to know. Bauby had to compose and edit the book entirely in his head, and convey it one letter at a time. His incredible and inspiring life of immobility is portrayed brilliantly and creatively is this powerful movie.

Click here to read an excerpt from Attitudes, Beliefs and Choices about “Inspiration.”

I rejoice in my life as an expression of Oneness. Through my openness and trust I receive the perfect guidance that I count on. My enthusiasm and passion for service is a natural out flowing of my love and connection to Life.

The diving bell becomes less oppressive and my mind takes flight like a butterfly. There is so much to do. You can wander off in space or in time, set out for Tierra del Fuego or for King Midas’s court. You can visit the woman you love, slide down beside her and stroke her still-sleeping face. You can build castles in Spain, steal the Golden Fleece, discover Atlantis, realize your childhood dreams and adult ambitions.

-Jean-Dominique Bauby

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