Optimism is not about denying reality, it’s about discerning which reality to focus our energy on.
It’s a choice we make in each moment. A simple matter of proportion, perception and principle.
Let’s explore a few examples.
Instead of eulogizing our negativity, we choose to see and build upon the good in every moment. Trusting that this is only the beginning and more is on the way.
Instead of dwelling on every minuscule goddamn problem and injustice around us, we focus on the many ways in which our lives have been nurtured, encouraged and protected. Trusting that our rewards will ultimately outweigh our frustrations.
Instead of viewing life’s negative events to be permanent and pervasive to every part of our lives, we accept the unfolding of events exactly as they are. Trusting that everything is temporary anyway.
Instead of scrambling around like a mad animal trying grab our piece of the finite abundance available, we focus on how we can help make the pie bigger. Trusting that we will find many a bite for this hungry mouth.
Wilde famously wrote that we are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
And so, keep the oxygen of optimism continually in the process. Discern which reality to focus your energy on.
Pay greater attention to those things that provide you the most positive energy.
You will thank yourself in the long run.
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Who drains your optimism?
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