It’s 2018 already! The year came so fast. Thinking back on 2017, what would you have done differently? Do you feel that you made the impact that you wanted to? The good thing is it’s a new year and we have 365 more chances.
Marguerite Annie Johnson Angelou was born on April 4, 1928, and passed away on May 28, 2014. She is better known as Maya Angelou. Maya Angelou was a very influential writer for her time, and she still is today. One of my favorite quotes from Maya Angelou is:
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelout
Those words are so true. As a teacher, I would love to think that my words would have an important impact on each student. Sadly, the truth is that most of my words are forgotten as soon as I speak them. My pastor always says that he has to repeat something at least 5 times, so everyone hears him.
I just recently watched an interesting movie starring Ryan Reynolds. The movie was called “School of Life.” I know what you’re thinking, that movie came out in 2005 and you just recently watched it? In the movie, Ryan Reynolds plays a teacher named Mr. D. All the students love him. Not because he was the best teacher in the world, or because they listened to every word he spoke. No, it was because he took the time to make each student feel important.
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer understood the importance of impacting others. He was known as the “father of motivation.” How great would it be if each and every day we could make people feel better about themselves?
I know all too well how it feels when unkind words are spoken, even in fun or just repeating something that someone else said. Once those words are spoken, they can never be taken back. That is why it is so important to think about how your words will make someone feel before you say them.
With this being the new year and most people are in the mindset of setting goals, how about setting a goal of purposely being nice. Smile at people, open the door for someone, say a kind word. You never know how just one simple little act can make someone’s day.
Maybe you would like to join the 30 Day Kindness Challenge. That is a great place to start.
The movie Life just came out in theaters this weekend. What a great title for this movie. Life! The possibilities are endless with a name like that. In fact, the movie is about seven lives, all at different places emotionally, different reasons for being there, and they all have to work together. In the film, the astronauts are trying to prove there is “life” on Mars, and end up trying to saves the lives of billions of people. If you have already seen it or if you are planning on seeing it, here are some things to think about.
1. Special Effects
One thing that is excellent about the movie is the special effects. If you are going to see the movie because of the special effects, then you’re in luck. They really did a great job. From the images of space, the explosions, and our new friend from Mars, “Calvin,” the effects and CGI were one of the best things about the film. I will have to say that I wasn’t expecting much as far as the way the creature looked. In the previews, they do not show very much of the alien. I don’t want to give anything away for those that have not seen the movie yet. I’m sure they didn’t want to give away too much in the trailer. All I will say is from the way Calvin looks in the previews, you’ll be in for a surprise.
The whole premise of the film was great. Discovering life on Mars. After all, everyone is talking about Mars right now. Scientists are trying to find ways to send people to Mars right now while you’re reading this post. The film was inspired by the movie Alien (1979). Sadly, I think it didn’t reach it’s mark. It was very predictable and had some holes in the continuity of the story structure. There were some surprises and some twists which kind of make up for the fact that you knew how the movie was going to end.
3. Character Development
This is the one point of the movie I think really fell short. In order for us, as viewers, to care about these characters on the screen there needs to be some kind of backstory, or some kind of character development so we can connect with them in some way. They did a good job with two of the characters, Sho Murakami (Hiroyuki Sanada) and David Jordan (Jake Gyllenhaal). The only thing that we really find out about Rory Adams (Ryan Reynolds) is that he has a dog. I was worried that he wouldn’t make it home and his dog would be alone. Overall, it seemed a bit in parts. It might have helped if they took some time to let us get to know the characters so we would care if they get killed by an alien life-form.
Life – IMDB
With the holidays wrapping up and the end of the year so close, there has been a lot of talk about traditions. Most of the chatter has been regarding holiday traditions of course. There are different kinds of traditions, for example, family traditions and cultural traditions.
My family has a tradition of going to the movies on each holiday. On Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, after we have enjoyed all the festivities, you will find us relaxing in a nice, relaxing theater. We have had this tradition for many years and we all look forward to it. Another tradition my family has, that has been a tradition in my family since before I was born, is that we each get to open one gift on Christmas Eve. I know this is a tradition for a lot of families.
I just recently found out that Iceland has a wonderful Christmas Eve tradition of giving books to each other. Everyone opens one gift on Christmas Eve, and it’s a book. What a great tradition and an excellent way to help people fall in love with reading. I’m actually thinking of incorporating this tradition with my family.
There are countless traditions that people take part of and they are not always holiday ones. Traditions are actually very important for many reasons, however I will list three reasons in this post.
- Traditions help people to feel secure and grounded. Something that they can count on to remain steady and unchanged. This is very important in the world we live in today. With everything changing from day to day, it’s nice to know that somethings do not change and they can count on that tradition to be secure. It can take the anxiety away of things that seem unexpected or unpredictable. Everyone needs a sense of security and a feeling of belonging.
- Traditions are a good way to keep in touch with your roots. This is a good time to look up your heritage and discover more about your nationality. It is also a terrific time to look more into your family history and maybe keep some of your ancestors traditions going. Hopefully those traditions will be passed down to their children and on and on for generations. In my family, every Sunday morning my dad would make a big family breakfast. It consisted of eggs, bacon, pancakes, toast, milk, and coffee. We could count on that every week, like clockwork. For my family, we do not have time for a big breakfast on Sunday because we have to be at church early, so we plan our big breakfast on Saturday. Still keeping the tradition, just customizing it a little.
- Keeping traditions alive helps to create some lasting memories. Creating memories is what helps family and friends to bond and grow closer. Traditions do no have to be limited to just family. When I was growing up, most of the people that lived on our small street had lived there for a long time. We all knew each other. Every year on the 4th of July the whole street would have a huge block party. They would bring the BBQs out to the street, bring out big tables, and each house would bring large dishes of food to share with everyone. We would cone off the street, put a volleyball net out, and all the neighbors would join in the fun. This is a great way for neighbors to get to know each other, bond, and make lasting memories for families and friends.
Maybe you don’t really have any traditions. That’s OK. Now would be a great time to start some. Start making new traditions and new memories. I would love to hear about some of your traditions you have. Please leave a comment.