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Happy New Year!

I decided to take a break from my soap box for this blog and write about something we all seem to need – a little positive reinforcement. However, as usual, I relate everything to movies, so here are some of the most positive lines from movies that have stuck with me throughout the years.

The one thing we all need right now is the thought of hope. As Andy Dufresne from The Shawshank Redemption told his friend Red, “Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”
This country has been through some horrible times in the past, yet we always survive. Remember that. And while you may have been greatly affected by the economic troubles in the past few months, remember that there is always hope.

The New Year is a great time for hope and a fabulous line from Forrest Gump that rings true, said by the lovely Long-Limbs Lenore to Forrest, is “Don’t’cha just love New Years? You get to start all over. Everyone gets a second chance.”
I love that line because it is so true. You get a second chance, I get a second chance, and even the country gets a second chance. You get to start new! Then spring comes and proves that sentiment even further when plants and flowers that were essentially dead all winter get to start over. It is no surprise that spring is my favorite season – it is the season of starting over, of new beginnings, of beautiful things, and of new life.

Last, but not least, one of my favorite scenes from the movie Secondhand Lions has this wonderful quote, “Sometimes the things that may or may not be true are the things a man needs to believe in the most. That people are basically good; that honor, courage, and virtue mean everything; that power and money, money and power mean nothing; that good always triumphs over evil; and I want you to remember this, that love… true love never dies. You remember that, boy. You remember that. Doesn’t matter if it’s true or not. You see, a man should believe in those things, because those are the things worth believing in”.

And if none of what I’ve written puts a little hope in your heart, you can always grab some friends, a couple of cocktails and sing “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor as loud as you can!

So, be hopeful, believe in good things, and give yourself a fresh beginning in 2009! We all deserve it!

Happy Holidays!

><(("> Julie Silbar

Julie is a ><((“> Friend of Catch Your Limit, a management and marketing firm with offices in Tallahassee, Florida and Richmond, Virginia. To contact Julie email her at or to learn more about Catch Your Limit, visit

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