For those of us who resist optimism because it seems irresponsible…
Responsible optimists do not look at a world full of pain and pretend it isn’t there, they see the trouble without letting it control them.
A few tips that make this possible:
- Expect the best…but always be prepared for the worst.
- Face everything with the belief that you will have the resources to deal with it.
- Refuse to waste your time pouring blame and shame on others for bad stuff that happens. We all screw up. It’s part of the deal.
- Remember heroes who have overcome.
- Recall times when good came out of “bad.”
- Determine to make the best of whatever happens.
- Say (like a warrior), “I was born for this! Bring it on!”
Frequently, in my dreams I am…
- Being pursued by a deranged murderer
- A victim of ethnic cleansing or genocide
- Trying to survive in an unjust, poverty-stricken nation
- Watching children die while helpless to do anything about it
- Fighting against political oppression
- Suffering in the midst of a natural disaster
When I awake, I am alert, not depressed. I find my life easy by comparison, and I find that the realism of these dreams:
1) Keeps me real and balances my optimistic approach to success in a world of pain
2) Reminds me that I need to become a stronger person for the sake of those who suffer
3) Helps me be prepared for whatever is to come
As a result, I want my blogs to reflect a hopeful and optimistic depth.