I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.
Good morning! Often when I speak or tour I am asked the “secret” to my positive outlook and attitude. People learn of the life challenges I have had and wonder, “How do you greet each day with such hope and optimism?” I discovered this anecdote about Socrates and felt that it spoke volumes about the answer to that question.
Socrates was sitting outside of the gates of Athens when a man came up to him and said, ‘I am thinking about moving into Athens. Can you please tell me what it is like to live here?’ Socrates replied, ‘I would be happy to tell you, but first would you please tell me what it was like in your previous home city?’ The man quickly roared, ‘Oh, it was awful. The people stab you in the back and rob you blind. I am not leaving any friends, only enemies.’ Socrates frowned and sadly continued, ‘Well, you best be on your way because you will find the same thing here in Athens.’
A little while later another man stopped to speak to Socrates and inquired, ‘I was considering moving here to Athens. Can you tell me what it is like to live here?’ Socrates again replied, ‘I would be happy to tell you, but first would you please tell me what it was like in your previous home city?’ The man smiled and said, ‘Where I come from the people all work together and help each other. Kindness is everywhere and you are never treated with anything but the utmost respect.’ ‘Welcome to Athens,’ smiled Socrates,’ You will find the same thing here.’
What do you expect to find today? Good, bad, or indifference? Watch how your expectations match your results.
Affirmation: I expect to find the best everyday and actively move toward it.