Optimism. Merriam-Webster defines it this way: 1:a doctrine that this world is the best possible world. 2: an inclination to anticipate the best possible outcome of actions or events.
I personally choose door number 2 on that definition. It just sounds more like me. When Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote the song "A Cockeyed Optimist", I wonder how they knew I would be born a decade after they wrote my theme song. They must have been clairvoyant! "Cause I'm stuck like a dope with a thing called hope, and I can't get it out of my heart. Not this heart." Those words have stuck with me all my life and I, for one, am grateful that mom introduced me to that song (along with thousands of others).
My Mother was the ultimate optimist. In the face of what appeared to be insurmountable health issues, she retained her sense of hope. She knew that one day at a time was not just an ideal, but an absolute necessity. It was a given that her life would be a short one here on Earth, so she made the most of every moment. Admiring her as I did, it wasn't much of a stretch for me to want to be just like her. I hope that I have achieved that goal.
When counselling people who have lost everything, I am struck by the few who have retained their hope for a better future. They are optimists with the best chance at a better future. The people who have lost any sense of hope are the hardest to help. For people in that predicament, my first order of business is to try to help them find some kind of hope. Attitude adjustment is what is needed. It is something that you have to practise. You have to remind yourself every blessed day to believe that there are good possibilities in front of you. But you have to be willing to see those possibilities. There IS effort involved. Learning to look at challenges as possibilities rather than obstacles takes work. It's a challenge in and of itself.
Believe it or not, I get a great boost by watching my two dogs. They are the embodiment of optimism. They greet each new day with a joy and enthusiasm that inspires me to do the same. They join me as I greet the sunrise with a morning meditation in which I allow the powerful energy of the sun to infuse me with light energy, hope, and love. Start each day that way and you can't go wrong. You may still face challenges but they are easier to face with the positive faith in hope and love.
Peace and Love,