Friday, April 2, 2010

Forever the Optimist

BY JOHNICE WOODS

As the month of April begins, I am still trying to catch my breath from all of last month’s activities. Of course there were many meetings on top of meetings and deadlines. Then there was the weird weather. Who would have thought snow in March in Dallas?!!!

I did have a week of rest - Spring Break with my family. Not to my surprise, on my first day back from vacation I hit the ground running. Through it all, I have strived to remain optimistic.

March is Optimism Month. Optimism is defined as follows:

op•ti•mism [op-tuh-miz-uh m] –noun
1. a disposition or tendency to look on the more favorable side of events or conditions and to expect the most favorable outcome.
2. the belief that good ultimately predominates over evil in the world.
3. the belief that goodness pervades reality.
4. the doctrine that the existing world is the best of all possible worlds.

I love the first definition listed above - "a disposition or tendency to look on the more favorable side of events or conditions and to expect the most favorable outcome." As many of you know, CityWalk at Akard’s Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was last Thursday, March 25th. I must admit, I had a very pessimistic view leading up to that day. I was so focused on the things that were not complete and how the image of our “almost” complete project would be viewed by the public.

But on last Thursday, I awoke with an optimistic attitude. I said to myself, “Whatever happens today, will happen, and we will somehow survive.” To my surprise, everything came together in a very favorable way!!!

A couple things highlighted that day for me. One, people were amazed at the units. They were taken by surprise at how each unit was a warm environment despite the size. Second, our vendors, supporters, and partners were so proud of our organization for accomplishing such a difficult project with such great style.

Everyone’s excitement and well wishes was truly an optimistic moment …for me.







Photos by Eason Photography

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