Choosing Optimism

“I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.” -Winston Churchill

I laughed when I came across this quote. Winston has a very good point, doesn’t he? We know what happens to the pessimists-they live a sad, pessimistic life. Since we can choose whether to be optimistic or pessimistic about any single situation in life, what use does pessimism serve? We have all chosen pessimism from time to time. We know what  it looks like: we feel bad about ourselves or the situation at hand. I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t sound like much fun to me!

Likewise, we know what optimism feels like when we ask ourselves creative questions, use creative thinking, and look for the good that rests somewhere (although sometimes it is hard to find) in every situation.

If I asked you this question: would you rather I give you $500 or have you owe me $500, which would you choose? My guess is that the choice is obvious and quick. You would choose to take $500. Optimism gives to our lives, pessimism takes away and leaves us bankrupt. The choice should be as simple as the money question example.Your Turn: Today, find the silver lining in each encounter that comes your way.

Today’s Affirmation:  I am optimistic.


Choosing Optimism — 1 Comment

  1. Thanks for the reminder. My family is going through a very rough time right now and its hard to see the positive, but all of us our relatively healthy and we are still a family. It could be much worse. I actually share this with all of my kids each morning at breakfast. I am hoping they carry the optimism forward in their lives.

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