Positivity In School

vs. discouragement

Maintaining a good attitude, even when faced with difficulty

To practice Positivity I will:

  • practice gratitude
  • do good things for others
  • make time to play and relax
  • think hopeful thoughts
  • understand that obstacles are there to challenge me

‘A New Hope’
– Bill Croskey

Greetings! I hope you made it through the Holiday Season. I am sure you heard all the holiday greetings: Merry Christmas from our family! Happy Hanukkah! I hope you have a great Kwanzaa! And May the Force Be With You! Oh, wait, that last is not a holiday greeting! But as I write this, there IS a new Star Wars movie in theaters. And more than enough movie tie-ins in every type of product I can imagine. Of course, being a Baby Boomer, I am more connected to the first three Star Wars films: Star Wars – A New Hope; The Empire Strikes Back; and Return of the Jedi. (Please don’t remind me that the titles can vary for these films. Thank you.)

But don’t blame me if I confuse Star Wars and the holiday season. During the holidays, my neighbor had a cute (?) little Darth Vader figure, about 4 feet tall, standing in his front yard as a Christmas decoration. That got me thinking as to whether Star Wars could be considered a Christmas movie. Probably not. But one part of the film may be – if not exactly a “Peace on Earth” message – at least one of the characters. Or at least its title relates to Character, that is the Episode IV subtitle, A New Hope. I guess the re-emergence of a Jedi knight inspires the rebels with New Hope. Hope? Sounds like it might be connected to the recent Character quality, Resilience. And, also, to January’s Positivity, defined as “maintaining a good attitude, even when faced with difficulty.”

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