Now, I’m not one to judge whether or not this is truly a magical Word Seek puzzle, but it looks like this is what I have to look forward to in 2017:
Now, while the Merriam Webster Dictionary does list this as an acceptable variant to “fulfillment,” it still looks like a typo to me. I’ve found over the years that when Mitzi lists something as a variant, it translates to “it’s not technically a typo, but everyone will think you spelled it wrong, so just go ahead and change it to the more commonly accepted spelling before the other copyeditors and proofreaders make fun of you.”
So what I think the universe is trying to tell me is that there are many, many editing jobs coming my way in 2017.
2. Beach Body
This may come as a surprise, because I have zero self-confidence and I’m a woman living in a society that constantly tells us we’re fat, hideous trolls, but I’m okay with my body right now. See, the colitis, while kind of awful what with the constant stomach pain and the inability to do everyday things like go out for a meal or take a walk (can’t be that far away from a bathroom), is great for maintaining weight loss. So thank you, Word Seek magician, for promising me a killer bod, but what it sounds like you’re promising me is more colitis in 2017.
Hey, happiness! Who couldn’t use more of that? This is good news, right?
. . . But here’s the thing. Aren’t we kind of in control of our own happiness?
Don’t get me wrong. Bad things happen all the time. But it’s our reaction to those bad things that determines our mental well-being, isn’t it? Now I know this might seem ridiculous, coming from Gloomy McCrankypants here, but I do believe we make our own happiness. Take a look at those last two entries. Now, both my husband and my editing partner can attest that I certainly could’ve gone off on a rant for hours about that missing L in fulfillment. Or I could’ve lamented how absolutely crappy (pun intended) colitis is. But if we tweak our responses, just a little bit, to the stimuli around us, our whole world can change. More typos means more work for me, doing one of the things I love most in the world: correcting other people’s grammar. Colitis means a closet full of skinny jeans, and the perfect excuse to eat jelly beans for dinner. So yes, magic 2017 Word Seek puzzle, I believe you. Happiness is attainable in 2017.
I hope the new year brings all of you happiness. And if it doesn’t, well, then, in the words of Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, you lay the smack down on 2017’s candy butt* (*edited for Mom) and make it make you happy. (Because if nothing else, Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson also makes me happy.)