Okay, I confess I actually changed my ‘O’ word for today because the Tween and the GG wanted me to write about ‘Over’ as in Over the Hill or Over the Rainbow. Since they were attempting to have a dig at me, I changed it. lol
So today we talk about optimism.
What is optimism? According to my friend Wikipedia, optimism is a mental attitude that interprets situations as being ‘best’.
Some people are incredibly lucky to have been born with a natural optimism that exudes outwards to all that they meet. For most of us, it is something that we can learn.
Of course the counter to optimism is pessimism (it’s all bad) and realism (stop and realise exactly what is happening around you).
Martin Seligman in his book “Learned Optimism” states that there are two ways of looking at life and situations. He goes on in his book to explain that anyone can learn to be optimistic about their every day lives.
It’s all about how we look at things. I’ve blogged before about the ‘frames’ we put around situations that colour our perceptions. When we become optimistic we choose to put a frame of optimism around a situation. This means that whilst bad things happen to good people, you can choose to bemoan the lemons or make lemonade.
Being optimistic is not about burying your head in the sand and ignoring reality. It is hoping for a brighter future.
To make any difference in the world, we first need to start with ourselves.
I am the worst for imagining the bad in any situation and becoming anxious about it. I become paranoid and I stress.
I am teaching myself to become more optimistic about things.
I need to change myself.
Really, how I feel is a choice (most of the time).
So I can choose to see a rainy day and bemoan the dreary weather or I can choose to see it as a way to green up the grass and make the flowers grow.
Today I am going to become more optimistic.
With optimism comes happiness. That’s got to be a good thing right?
I wanted to include some songs about optimism and hope to conclude.
The first one I found was “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” by the Monty Python crew however since it could be deemed offensive to many of you I won’t put in the link. I will admit that it always makes me smile when I hear it though.
I have found a couple of others for you so I hope you enjoy them.