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Article by Mark Susnow August 30, 2016



You're in the mood for a movie. What looks good—you just want to be entertained. Perhaps you’ve read a few reviews. You think about what emotions you want to experience. Do you want the drama, sitting on the edge of your seat watching a thriller, or something lighter that makes you feel good? Perhaps you want to be inspired by a touching story. That's the question we ask ourselves everyday, yet we don't have to go very far to watch the movie. We just need to keep our eyes open and be keen observers. It's our life and we add the spices and flavors that make our story unique. Some movies are more powerful than others.

Perhaps the fear movie is the most powerful. We’ll do almost anything to avoid it—yet you have to admit that it has an aliveness about it. But when we live in that emotion, it consumes us and it’s difficult to really experience some of the positive emotions such as love, peace, joy and harmony. The fear movie makes us feel as if we’re stuck in a tunnel where all we see is darkness. At times we feel that we’ll never see light again.

That fear stays with us for a long time, perhaps even for a lifetime. It affects us for years afterwards unless we begin to look at its source. To avoid feeling that fear again, we live in a small box that we think will protect us from the uncertainty and complexity of life. We avoid venturing outside that box unless we’re pretty sure about the outcome. We’re waiting for a guarantee before we’re willing to try something new. In this movie, our mind knows how to play tricks on us, so that all we see is what can go wrong. We hide out and become isolated, which prevents us from seeing what is possible. In this movie our choices seem limited and we lose sight of the big picture. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like the way this movie plays. So I’m not going to this one, even if the popcorn is good.

What about watching the lighter film? You know that one—less drama and more fun. Sometimes a big laugh—sometimes tears of joy. You feel better afterwards and experience a myriad of healthy emotions. It’s become a way of life that you look forward to. You think to yourself, “Life is more fun.” You say to yourself, “I like this movie.” You wonder what you can do to experience this movie more fully. You think about people you like to hang out with who are fun to be with. You always feel better afterwards. They become some of your favorite people and you look forward to seeing them again. You begin to notice that there are more and more people who you have that synergistic experience with. That’s your life. You’re flowing with the natural currents of life. Then there’s a breakthrough. You’re able to find joy even when you are in the tunnel that we just mentioned. You notice the rainbow. Close to the tunnel where I grew up in San Francisco, a rainbow is painted above the tunnel. What a concept— the rainbow tunnel. My spirit is uplifted. What’s possible when we think out of the box. This movie is tough to beat, but there is another movie that has become part of my life.

It’s the inspire movie. It’s what I want to feel in my life and it’s what I give by me being the best me I can be. It’s become my purpose and my passion. Like many things in life there is a natural unfolding. It’s part of the evolutionary cycle that we all part of. It’s taken a while to embrace this movie. There are no coincidences in this universe. I remember the selection process of choosing the domain InspirePossibility. It wasn’t my first choice. It was way down the line, not something that I was excited about. At the time the concept was a stretch for me. I didn’t feel it. Now it’s a good fit—it’s become me. I have grown into it. I can’t think of anything more appropriate. When someone tells me they are inspired by something that I wrote or said or by something someone else said or wrote, it lets me know what they really want. They want what we all want, which is to live an inspired life and to feel that our life matters. We want to feel passion for life and to know that we make a difference.

Each of us gets to choose the movie for our life. Not only that but we’re the main character, the director and the producer. We get to choose how we want it to be. It gets even better. You don’t need to audition for the role or take acting lessons. In fact “acting” is counterproductive. In this movie being authentic and true to your life purpose is what is most inspiring. In this movie, you being exactly the way you are now, your uniqueness, is a gift to the world even with your perceived limitations and imperfections.

It’s worth the effort. It only gets better. You are entering the prime of your life. You are wiser and connected to the source of your personal power, and have a better sense of who you are. You know that the inner work has paid off. You are able to embrace life fully. You’ve discovered the movie for your life. You’re mission is to share it with others.



Mark Susnow, is a Life Coach, Speaker and Author, who has encountered many of the difficult challenges that we all have to face sometime in our lives. A former trial attorney for 30 years and musician, he integrates what it takes to be successful in the world with the inner wisdom unfolded to him through hears of yoga and meditation.

He is the author of Dancing on the River: Navigating Life’s Changes and the soon to be released the Soul of Uncertainty..

He is the host of the Inspire Possibility Show on BBS radio.