A Quote on Optimism
The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser – in case you thought optimism was dead.
– Robert Brault
Optimism is dead! The world is no more a positive place and people keep thinking of negative thoughts. There is so much of pain in the world. If I take up the newspaper today, I read about death, killing, greed, animals being tortured, people being cheated and so on. And if people tell you that you are living in a positive world, then maybe they are lying to an extent and you are living in a world which you create for yourself. Before we delve further, as always we try and answer a few questions
What is optimism?
Let us start with the basics. What is the meaning of optimism? Does it mean that there is no trouble in the world at all and everything is hunky dory? Does it mean that no matter what you try things always work out in your favour and you don’t have to worry about anything at all?
Does it mean that you have never failed in life and hence you can be optimistic about it? What is the true meaning of optimism?
If you ask us – optimism is nothing but a choice, it is the way we decide to look at life, it is the conscious effort to look at something positive even when all hell is breaking loose around us. It is to look for hope when things look hopeless. It is to believe in the silver lighting in a dark cloud.
Optimism is never easy!
I have heard people say they are optimistic and nothing would bother them. To be honest I think it is a lie. Anything of this magnitude which seems that easy sometimes makes me feel that it is all a big fat lie and sometimes an illusion as well. I may sound rude but I have a difficult time believing people who say they are completely optimistic in this world.
Life is a nice mixture, there are ups and downs. Optimism is a nice philosophy and has its own dangers too. We have talked about it in this post – Optimist/Pessimist and a realist. We shall not get into those details now.
What we are trying to say here is that optimism is not brushing away the problems and saying that life is beautiful. You can’t go to a garden with flowers and innocently say that there are no weeds. That is not optimism at all. That is plain foolishness. If there are weeds, we need to pluck them out, we need to make sure that the garden of our life is the way we want it.
There is no smartness in saying that there are no problems. There are problems and they will always be there. It is what you do about them that matters. And optimism simply means that. It is not having a long pencil and saying that whatever you write is going to be perfect. It is about being aware that things can go wrong and still believe that you can set it right and focus on that. That my friend is the true meaning of optimism.
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