Wednesday, April 17, 2013

O is for Optimism

op·ti·mism [ˈäptəˌmizəm]
  1. Hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something.
  2. The doctrine, esp. as set forth by Leibniz, that this world is the best of all possible worlds

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement - Helen Keller

I am a worrier. I try not to be, but I tend to worry about everything. I don't often put voice to my worries, but they're their. I don't like to worry - I find it to be a very stressful preoccupation and one that I'd like to break because, for me, I think it's a bad habit.

I do know that I want to be the kind of person who believes that everything will always work out to the best possible outcome. To an extent I am that way and I like it when I can be that upbeat person who can always see the brightside of things. It makes me feel good and I like feeling good. I'm not so head-in-the-clouds that I don't believe in preparing for the fact that bad things can and do happen, but I don't have go around expecting. While I can, I can just be bouyant and hopeful.

Optimism and positivity are, to me, a much better thing to be around and to fill myself with. And if things are going bad, being further pessimistic is just going to bring you further down in the slump. I believe I'll take a lesson from horse riding and apply it to life. Look to where you want to go and that's where you'll be going. And when you fall, wipe off the dust and get back up.

I leave you with some of the last words from a much beloved Canadian political figure because this small quote really says it all. You can read the full letter here.

Letter to Canadians - Jack Layton


  1. Great "O" word! I did optimism too!! Fun post! Happy A-to-Z 2013! ~Angela, Whole Foods Living,

  2. Great post. I am a worrier too. It is the thing I despise most about myself. Simply Sarah

    1. It's a hard habit to get rid of. Mostly, I just try not to let the worries interfere