What happens when you rub two sticks together? It creates friction, and that friction creates fire. You build the fire by adding sticks and once it takes off your ready for the logs. The more logs you throw on the bigger it gets. That’s what happens with our negative outlooks. Each person throwing another log on the fire only makes the fire burn out of control.
As I wonder what to write about in the heat of all the turmoil going on in our country, I feel as if I’m up against a big bonfire that’s out of control. Where does an optimist fit into all this and what do I have to offer, but a bucket of water. Even though It’s not enough to put the fire out, I have to believe that by being true to my nature maybe, just maybe, my bucket of water can slow it down a little.
“Optimism gives us bread crumbs of hope. Whether they lead to a rainbow is not the point. What matters is that we are given enough crumbs to keep going.” -Martin Seligmam*
Pessimism has already tried to rob me of my optimistic outlook on life. When I ask myself, how I could let this happen I’m able to see the fear, helplessness and lack of control I’ve let overwhelm me. It’s really not easy to be an optimistic, it takes a lot of work to remain positive in a negative situation. So I have to look beneath the troubles to remind myself of what I do have control of. Than I have to stop feeding the fire with my own thoughts by watching what I let seep into my mind, and slip out of my mouth.
We need all kinds of people to make the world a better place. Being true to myself I ask how can I help. Certainly not by burying my head in the sand. Everyone should be informed as to what’s going on in the world. It’s the amount of attention I give it, that makes or breaks my optimism. So working at being true to myself and giving hope beneath the misery, that’s my work. For what would be left to hold onto if we stop believing in what hope has to offer. I have a lot of work to do as I brush away all the residue that still hangs on. It won’t be easy with the controversy playing out everywhere I go. So I have to dig a little deeper, hang on to that hope and share where it takes me.
* “Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life” by Dr. Martin Seligman, a renowned psychologist.
I call myself an optimist you’ve heard me say this before, I know. So how do I maintain this optimistic attitude with so much distention going on right now. This is a question I have to ask myself daily. I can’t stand the way the alternative makes me feel and when I’m ill-at-ease it’s always my first indication that I’ve slipped away from my true-self. What is my truth, you might ask me? My truth is that I believe there is something better within me…than that which is in the world. I believe that the same something is within each of us. We’re all a part of this one big conscious melting pot, and we’re each responsible for what this mixture creates.
The only way I can maintain my optimism is to keep my focus on a world that works for all humankind. The only way I can do that is by working on being the change myself that I visualize the world to be. I personally can’t do this without the partnership of my Creator. For it is only in Him, with Him and through Him that my own little melting pot is able to create the combination needed for the better good of myself, and the world I live in.
I was trying to write my own post on this subject and found this article that said it it better then I could put into words. It is possible to live a positive optimistic life if you really want to. Even in the face of all the negativity going on around you. It’s not reality, it’s choice. Being positive Is not denial and a fluffy warm unrealistic feeling, it’s work, choice and perseverance toward something better. Like the jingle goes, “what’s in your wallet?” I say ask yourself, “what’s in your heart?”