Optimism

imagesWhat do you see in this picture?

Rocks?  Yes.  But do you see them as an obstacle or an opportunity?

It’s up to you whether you use the “rocks” in life as stepping stones, or simply see them as obstacles.  Attitude matters greatly.  What will yours be today?

When determining whether we are optimists or pessimists (let’s set realists aside for this particular day), factors include upbringing, attitude and flexibility.  If you’ve always looked at things pessimistically, don’t you wonder how many more things you might have achieved had you had a more positive attitude?  In my experiences living with each kind, I will say that when both are presented with a problem, both have a particular way of attacking the problem but the outcomes are often very different.  The pessimist sees the problem, complains a great deal about the problem, asks everyone how they would solve the problem – and oftentimes doesn’t really get a good solution.  The optimist seems to take the problem in stride, does the best that they can with it – and lets it go.

It’s a lot more pleasant being around optimists and, for me, their good habits and attitudes rub off on me.  They encourage me through their behaviors.  They remind me that life is too short to sweat the small stuff.

So on this Monday, the least favorite day of the week for many, let’s begin by looking for the positives rather than the negatives.  Let’s use those rocks as stepping stones.  Pay attention to your attitude – see which way you naturally lean.  If you tend to be negative, stop it!  But in order to change it, you need to acknowledge it.  It may feel foreign and fake at first, but after a short time, positivity will come naturally to you. Give it a try!

And as the saying goes, “An optimist is someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it’s the cha-cha.”

Dance on!

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