In my opinion, there’s only one way to be in this life. Optimistic.
Without question, all of us have a choice as to how we decide to view the world around us. We can think that for the most part things are good, or we can believe that in spite of all the hopes and dreams we may have, something lousy will usually happen to spoil the party.
The quality of our life really comes down to the quality of our perspective.
You’ve probably heard someone say, “I’m a realist“, right after they have made some pretty negative statement and someone accused them of being a pessimist, right?
The truth is that whether any of us see the world with a negative twist or through rose colored glasses, we’re all realists. Our reality is whatever we believe it to be.
There’s a great quote attributed to Wayne Dyer that I like to contemplate every so often to remind myself of this. The quote is, “Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world”. How powerful is that?
The thing about life is that it’s happening simultaneously to all of us. Some people see the situations around them as obstacles, and struggle to get by. Others see them as the opportunities they need to grow, and keep moving forward. And that difference in perspective is a personal choice. My suggestion to anyone is that they choose to be optimistic. It’s really the only decision that makes sense!
After all, if life is truly a journey, then by being an optimist, at the very least, you will have significantly improved the quality of the ride, right? And what’s worse than a bad road trip?
More importantly, when you make the decision that the world is a pretty good place, and that for the most part, good things happen, you totally open yourself up to those opportunities that do exist around you, and put yourself in the most conducive state to reaching your full potential.
Think about the way you see the world in general and then think about the way you feel about your own life. It could be time for a shift in mindset. And that shift could make all the difference in the world for you.
And remember this; being optimistic doesn’t mean you walk around all day with a silly grin on your face and you somehow become immune to lousy feelings once in a while. It really just means that you believe the world is a groovin’ place, you can make the best of any situation, and that your ultimate growth comes from powering through any challenging scenarios that present themselves.
Here’s a poem by Edgar A. Guest that I think you’ll like. It puts a nice little spin on the idea that life is inherently good, in spite of how some others might choose to see it. Check it out.
Things Work Out
Because it rains when we wish it wouldn’t,
Because men do what they often shouldn’t,
Because crops fail, and plans go wrong,
Some of us grumble all day long.
But somehow in spite of the care and doubt,
It seems at last that things work out.
Because we lose where we hoped to gain,
Because we suffer a little pain,
Because we must work when we’d like to play,
Some of us whimper along life’s way.
But somehow, as day always follows the night,
Most of our troubles work out alright.
Because we cannot forever smile,
Because we must trudge in the dust awhile,
Because we think the way is long,
Some of us whimper that life’s all wrong.
But somehow we live and our sky grows bright,
And everything seems to work out right.
So bend to your trouble and meet your care,
For the clouds must break and the sky grow fair.
Let the rain come down, as it must and will,
But keep on working and hoping still.
For in spite of the grumblers who stand about,
Somehow, it seems, all things work out.