You can feel it; the anticipation, the impatience. You can cut the emotions with a knife. This long awaited crowd pleaser welcomes all, and yet, no one in line is over 30 years old . New friends are being made while killing time before the long awaited movie starts. My friends and I wished we had brought a beer to share for this unique social occasion (LOL). I hear someone humming a theme song that is instantly recognizable and it spreads like wildfire until everyone is humming the same tune. Hope springs up as the line starts to move, people shuffle forward slowly, and cheers erupt. We file into the theater for “Star Wars IV. A New Hope.”
Those of you who are Star Wars fans are so familiar with the scene, you can recite the line in your sleep, “Help me Obi Wan Kenobe, You’re my only hope.” For those who aren’t Star Wars fans, the line may be more distant.
When we look at the world through a positive lens, unlike a Pollyanna lens, we are less likely to be stressed. A number of studies represented in The Guardian, show that we need to vent our frustrations to be happy, “giving space for a range of emotions at work can also be important for the health of the entire organisation.” Room to vent allows happiness to creep into our psyche.
Hope, sums up this month’s theme defined by Merriam-Webster, “to desire with expectation of obtainment.” With the demise of the ups and downs, and drama of 2016, 2017 is finally here. Positivity is my word for this year. I hope we as a nation, as a world, can be collaborative, cooperative, tolerant of our differences, including our opinions and ideologies.
What’s your word for 2017?
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