A group of five friends planned to see the opening night screening of Ghostbusters at 10pm at the Cineplex VIP Cinemas at Yonge and Dundas. We wanted to come and support the all female leads that had been receiving controversial media attention. The tickets were purchased two days in advance and we were all excited as we approached the entrance of the theatre. I was then surprised to find something on the ground and stopped to take a photo of it (more on this later).
We got our printed tickets and proceeded to the VIP theatre where I was in a giddy state because this would be my first time in the renovated VIP section! We met up with two other friends who purchased individual tickets so they had to sit separate from us. All of a sudden, we saw that people were seated in our assigned seats and that’s when we realized our printed tickets were dated for the night before!
This is the moment when a collective mindset of indestructible optimism kicked in among us! It didn’t matter where the ticket error came from because our intention was to solve this problem. Within seconds we notified one of the theatre staff named Kelly-Anne and she said the 10pm VIP screening was sold out but she would see about getting us five seats for the 10:45pm IMAX screening. I immediately told our other two friends already seated to come with us.
So as we waited in the VIP lounge, we began looking at other movie options within this Cineplex despite the late timing. Within minutes Kelly-Anne returned with five new tickets for the IMAX screening and would also take care of the other two friends who could now sit with us! On top of this she apologized and provided us each with a Courtesy Ticket to any other regular screening of our choice!
We were all in a state of silly joy as we thanked Kelly-Anne for the outstanding customer service and for saving this belated birthday gift from my friend and colleague Tammy Cunningham! Tammy and I celebrated by singing the Ghostbusters theme as we got our hot buttered popcorn and drinks and settled in for what would be an unexpectedly epic cinematic experience!
The comedy-action film, Ghostbusters, is a reboot of the 1984 film about paranormal enthusiasts forming a team to deal with ghosts in New York City. This highly entertaining reboot captures much of the iconic imagery and joy of the original while creating new situations and lovable characters played by Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth. See: movie trailer
I was in awe at how enjoyable this reboot was! It was fun, funny and extremely smart with an amazing tone I’m not able to define at the moment. I just know that I’m not wild about 3D films and yet this is a must see in IMAX 3D with the stunning visual effects of ghosts and proton pack blasts literally popping off the screen! Plus McKinnon’s character Jillian Holtzmann and Hemsworth as the world’s worst receptionist are hilarious and scene-stealers! Teamwork was also a fantastic theme that stood out for me.
• Indestructible Optimism
• Team Spirit & Teamwork
• Supportive Relationships
This film has received an enormous amount of backlash since it’s first trailer for having all female leads and I did my best to not be influenced by the constant negative media updates. My optimism was kept activated thanks to a brutally honest, rave review by one of the original Ghostbusters, Bill Murray in an interview on The Jimmy Kimmel Show (see here at 2 minute mark). Though I still questioned his positive attitude because from all the trailers I couldn’t see how good this movie could be. And yet I was very open to the silver lining.
This is what activating indestructible optimism is all about at its core. It’s about believing and seeing a silver lining within a negative situation and trusting that everything will turn out positive. And that’s what happened on this epic evening out at the movies when faced with an unexpected challenge. We remained optimistic and ended up being provided with an even better cinematic experience thanks to the VIP service we were given at Cineplex!
After staying for the post-credit scene we left the cinema past 1 AM feeling energized and in a state of bliss. I then remembered what I found on the floor outside the entrance of the theatre. It was a shiny dime. And as I’ve written before on my movie blog, whenever I find a dime I know it is a heavenly sign that my father’s spirit is with me at that moment (read more). I laughed at how beautifully ironic this dime was since we had just seen a movie about ghosts and spirits! In the back of my mind I wondered if my dad had a hand in making sure this belated birthday gift would turn out grand. Either way it was an epic evening shared with friends!
Activating optimism can take time, training and practice and sometimes it is necessary to reboot your default beliefs and mindset. Be inspired by movies and real-life stories that demonstrate problems being solved thanks to positive attitudes and thinking. Be inspired to build your own indestructible optimism and soon you’ll have your own success stories that will thrill you and excite others who hear it!
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