OPTIMISTS

OPTIMISTS IS OUR DAILY WISDOM WORD TODAY.  BEING AN OPTIMIST, OR A PERSON WITH A POSITIVE ATTITUDE ABOUT MOST THINGS, IS SUCH A PLUS IN LIFE.  IT IS FAIRLY COMMON TO BE OPTIMISTIC WHEN YOU ARE YOUNG.  HOWEVER, AS LIFE PLAYS OUT, AND TOUGH TIMES HAPPEN, IT IS NOT QUITE AS EASY TO BE AN ETERNAL OPTIMIST.  BEFORE GOING ANY FURTHER, LET US TAKE A LOOK AT THE MEANING OF OPTIMIST FROM OUR WEBSTER DICTIONARY AND OUR DAILY WISDOM WORDS MEANING.

OPTIMIST-A PERSON WHO TENDS TO BE CONFIDENT AND OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE FUTURE.  

DAILY WISDOM WORDS DEFINITION-A PERSON THAT SEES A GLASS OF WATER HALF-FULL INSTEAD OF HALF EMPTY.  

OPTIMISTS ARE RARE, IN MY OPINION, ESPECIALLY AS THEY BECOME OLDER AND LIVE THROUGH TRAGEDIES IN THEIR LIFE.  SOME PEOPLE HOWEVER, DON’T ONLY HAVE OPTIMISM AS ONE OF THEIR PERSONALITY TRAITS, THEY LEARN TO PRACTICE IT.  THIS CONTINUES TO KEEP THEM OPTIMISTIC.  WHEN A PERSON PRACTICES OPTIMISM, THEY DO THINGS LIKE AFFIRMATIONS, AND POSITIVITY.  THEY FIND THE JOY IN THE LITTLE MOMENTS NOT ONLY BECAUSE THEY ARE THERE, BUT BECAUSE THEY ALSO SEARCH FOR THIS GOOD MOMENT.  THEY GET THROUGH THE HARD TIMES, TAKING THE LESSON WITH THEM AND LEAVING BEHIND PAIN.  

I BELIEVE THAT IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO BE AN “ETERNAL OPTIMIST”, ONE MUST HAVE A PREDETERMINED DISPOSITION FOR THIS ATTITUDE.  HOWEVER, TO SUSTAIN A POSITIVE ATTITUDE, THEY MUST ALSO PRACTICE IT.  THIS IS WHAT CREATES AN ETERNAL OPTIMIST.  

I NEED TO BE HONEST ABOUT MYSELF AS THIS MAY GIVE ME CREDIBILITY.  I SUFFER WITH DEPRESSION.  SOMETIMES, I CAN SEE THE OPTIMISM IN ANY SITUATION, AND SOMETIMES I ALSO VIEW OPTIMISM AS THE FURTHEST THING AWAY FROM ME AND FEEL I AM IN A WORLD THAT IS BLACK.  OVERCOMING THESE HARD TIMES, REQUIRES FOR ME, TIME TO DEVELOP A DIFFERENT ATTITUDE.  I HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE DARKNESS TO SEE THE LIGHT.  

IF I HAD ONE QUALITY I COULD PICK AS A PERSONALITY TRAIT, IT WOULD BE A PREDISPOSITION FOR OPTIMISM.  I HAVE SUFFERED WITH THE DEPRESSION SINCE I WAS A CHILD.  FORTUNATELY, I AM NOT ALWAYS DEPRESSED.  I NEED TO RESUME WORKING OUT.  EXERCISE PRODUCES ENDORPHINS WHICH COUNTERACTS THE DEPRESSION.  ENOUGH ABOUT MY ISSUES, AND MORE WRITING ABOUT OPTIMISM ABOUT OPTIMISTS.  

OPTIMISTS FIND SOMETHING WONDERFUL IN EVERY SITUATION, EITHER GOOD OR BAD.  IF THEY LOSE SOMEONE, THEY FOCUS ON THE MEMORIES AND LOVE THEY HAD WITH THEM. THEY ARE ABLE TO MORE FORWARD TAKING A LESSON LEARNED FROM THEM FORWARD, AND LEAVING THE DEATH BEHIND.  THEY MANAGE TO HEAL WITH THE MEMORIES AND LOVE THEY HAD WITH THEM WHILE THEY WERE ALIVE.  I PICKED AN EXTREME EXAMPLE, BUT STILL VERY TRUE.  A NORMAL PERSON MAY SUFFER WITH “SITUATIONAL DEPRESSION”.   SITUATIONAL DEPRESSION PASSES IN APPROXIMATELY SIX MONTHS WITH MOST PEOPLE.  THEY ARE THEN ABLE TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP WHICH IS THE FIRST STEP AN ETERNAL OPTIMIST TAKES.  

HOW CAN WE BE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE OPTIMISTIC MORE OF THE TIME, INSTEAD OF PESSIMISTIC OR DEPRESSED.  I SHARED MY DEPRESSION WITH YOU IN HOPES YOU WOULD TAKE MY SUGGESTIONS SERIOUSLY.  WHEN YOU ARE DEPRESSED SOME OF THE TIME, THERE ARE WAYS THAT DON’T INCLUDE MEDICATION, (ALTHOUGH I HAVE CHOSEN TO BE ON AN ANTIDEPRESSANT), THERE ARE ADDITIONAL WAYS THAT DON’T INVOLVE MEDICINE.  

  1.  PRAY.  LOOK FOR THE POSITIVE AND PRAY FOR IT AS WELL.  PRAYING WILL SOMETIMES HELP TURN   ANYONE’S DAY AROUND, BECAUSE IT RESTORES HOPE AND REMINDS US THAT WE ARE NOT ALONE.
  2.  AFFIRMATIONS.  AFFIRMATIONS, WHICH MEAN WAKING UP IN THE MORNING AND WRITING DOWN OVER AND OVER AGAIN THAT YOU HAVE AN OPTIMISTIC ATTITUDE EVEN WHEN YOU DON’T FEEL LIKE IT, YOU DO IT AS A HABIT PATTERN.  YOU WRITE DOWN THE POSITIVES IN YOUR LIFE AND BECOME THOUGHT CONSCIOUS.  TRACK YOUR THOUGHTS AND MONITOR THEM.  WHEN YOU START TO THINK A NEGATIVE THOUGHT, YOU MUST STOP AND CONSCIOUSLY REPLACE YOUR THOUGHT FROM A NEGATIVE THOUGHT TO A POSITIVE ONE.  FOR EXAMPLE, I WAKE UP AND LOOK OUTSIDE.  I SEE IT IS RAINING.  I IMMEDIATELY THINK THAT IT IS A DARK AND GLOOMY DAY.  I AM CONSCIOUS OF THIS THOUGHT.  I REPLACE IT WITH THE CONSCIOUS THOUGHT THAT I CAN ENJOY THE RAINY DAY BY GETTING CAUGHT UP WITH MY HOUSEHOLD CHORES AND PERHAPS BAKE SOMETHING SINCE I ENJOY COOKING, FOR EXAMPLE. 
  3.  EXERCISE.  AS I MENTIONED ABOVE, THINKING PESSIMISTICALLY CAN BE CHANGED BY ENDORPHIN PRODUCING EXERCISE.  THIS COUNTERACTS THE NEGATIVE THINKING. 
  4.  BE CONSCIOUS OF WHO YOU ARE AND HOW YOU VIEW YOURSELF.  A HIGH SELF-ESTEEM MAKES IT EASIER TO SEE THE GLASS HALF FULL INSTEAD OF HALF EMPTY. 
  5. STRENGTHEN YOUR FAITH.  FAITH GIVES US HOPE AND HOPEFUL INDIVIDUALS TEND TO BE OPTIMISTIC.

IF YOU DON’T SUFFER FROM DEPRESSION, IT MAY BE EASIER TO TRY THE ABOVE SUGGESTIONS  BECAUSE DEPRESSION MAKES IT DIFFICULT TO BEGIN THESE TASKS AND PULL OUT OF THAT BLACKNESS TO TRY THEM.  THAT DOESN’T MEAN IT IS HOPELESS.  THERE ARE SUPPORT GROUPS, COUNSELING, AND OF COURSE MEDICATION THAT CAN HELP WITH THE BLACKNESS MAKING IT EASIER TO TRY THEM.  

THANKS SO MUCH FOR READING ABOUT OPTIMISTS TODAY.  HAVE A BEAUTIFUL AND BLESSED DAY.  

SAMANTHA LEBOEUF/DWW

 

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