FORT WORTH, Texas, January 15, 2014 — It’s a new year which means new beginnings; another chance to create a whole new reality or modification to one’s present life. There are many different ways to achieve one’s intentions and the surest way is with a winning attitude. It is free, no one can take it from you (unless you let them,) can’t be taxed, lost or broken.
Fictional character Mame Dennis lived this mindset. Her motto is, “Life’s a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!”; “Live! Live! Live!” is her battle cry.
Rosalind Russell brought Auntie Mame to life in the 1958 movie of the same name. It was a hit on both the screen and Broadway probably because it struck a chord with many people. Mame was a larger than life character who faced her many challenges with grace, style and conviction. Who wouldn’t want to be that way too?
This vibrant albeit fictional lady lived passionately. Some would call her a “glass half-full” kind of a gal. In reality Mame Dennis always filled the glass to the brim. Her five senses craved joie de vivre. She didn’t want to miss anything; not a sight, sound, scent, touch, or flavor. Mame Dennis would scoff at the very concept of the modern-day couch potato or those who don’t embrace life.
While it’s true that all people can’t do what everyone does, that still shouldn’t limit you. Look at Joni Earekson Tada. This amazing lady became a quadriplegic as a result of a diving accident at the age of seventeen. Yet the woman lives a full and fruitful life; much more than one would think possible for one who lives without the use of most of her body.
In her autobiography, Joni, she says realizing the successful life she has now started with the right attitude. And like the rest of us, when setbacks reared their ugly heads, Joni had to keep going back to that starting point over and over again.
Mame Dennis shows this as well. Even when the storms of life hit hard, she refused to relinquish her disposition. Instead Auntie Mame chose to feel the warmth, see the beauty, and continued to take part in the adventure that is life.
For example, Mame took a job selling toys after the stock market crash of 1929 caused her to lose her fortune. Her earnings barely kept her head afloat. However, she gave it her best shot anyway. Then, as a result of her employ, fate sent millionaire Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside to her one Christmas Eve while she worked. It was love at first sight and the rest is history.
No, that story didn’t really happen, but that’s not the point. The point is to keep trying. What good is life if we sit on our little perches and just exist? Mame couldn’t fathom being able to let it all pass by her much less letting it do so. Priceless finds were everywhere if you just make the effort.
The path of life has many highways and byways, twists and turns. Some smooth and others bumpy. Yet even among the gravel, dirt and mud there are jewels. These unexpected treasures found while you go about your life help to keep you going and make the effort worth the try.
What resolutions to make and keep? Don’t know where to start? Just pick a road that looks interesting, then put one foot in front of the other. You may not gain a million dollars, fame, or fortune. But the road ahead is certain to contain treasure; you may just discover something priceless. Bon Voyage!