“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.”
Dalai Lama XIV
One definition of optimism is “the belief that good must ultimately prevail over evil in the universe”. So call me an optimist, I’m a firm believer in the power of good over evil. Some would call that looking at the world through rose-colored glasses, and if so then bring ’em on, life looks better that way anyway. So, my thanks to Krista this week for asking what I’m optimistic about!
“Perpetual Optimism is a Force Multiplier.”
I am optimistic that those who seek to define their own beliefs as the only truth, and who hope to eradicate those who believe otherwise, may win some battles but will eventually lose the war.
“An optimist is a braver cynic.”
I am optimistic that those who strive to make the world seem unsafe will not deter those of us who love to travel – to explore all of the world’s glory – and to experience the history and culture of the peoples with whom we share it.
“Optimism is not fantasy. It hopes for the best reality without departing from it.”
James Randall Robison
I am optimistic that we will one day understand that fundamentals such as doing unto others, the rewards of a job well-done, and the value of lending a helping hand are intrinsic to our universal health and well-being.
“Ignore cynicism, appreciate criticism, and embrace optimism.”
I am optimistic that we will one day appreciate the importance of the nature that surrounds us – and that we will learn to preserve it for our children and our children’s children.
“If Churchill recommends optimism, who are you or I to quibble?”
I am optimistic that we can learn to walk in another man’s shoes, and having walked, will begin to embrace compassion and open-mindedness.
“Cynicism is a disease. Optimism is the cure.”
I am optimistic that there are no differences so great, nor any chasms so wide, that they cannot be bridged by understanding and caring – if not now then perhaps by future generations.
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.”
I am optimistic that as water flows through and around the most obstinate of rocks, those who persevere will eventually find a path to allow them to reach their goals.
“Optimism is found where gratitude abounds.”
I am optimistic that those creatures whose existence is threatened by loss of habitat, hunters’ guns, or any other hazard now and in the future will be treasured and re-introduced in large numbers to environments that can support them.
“You call it insanity, I call it optimism.”
I am optimistic that love, caring, compassion and empathy, if not the entire answer, are a very good beginning.
And finally, I am optimistic that at least a few of you have managed to stay with me for this very long discussion on optimism 😊 Here’s to a better world – and why not?!