“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” -Einstein
I’m an optimistic person. I believe people really can change, the impossible can be done and that the most incredible things in life come from mistakes and failures. Sometimes that means I can come across as a dreamer. Sometimes it makes me an intense person to be around. Sometimes, I often focus too far forward, I try to do too much, expect too much and I’m rarely content; there’s always something to improve upon.
Every once in awhile, I start to second guess myself. I get tripped up by the mistakes I’ve made and start to focus on the minute details that, in the grand scheme of things, do not matter. When I enter in to periods like this, my focus turns inward and negative. The little cynic inside pushes through and I get caught up in criticism and doubt. When I am finally able to look at those times behind me, they are marked by a darkness and lack of clarity that I wish I could have just been strong enough to see through in the first place.
When I started this blog, I decided to call it The New Remarkable and dedicate it to all things challenging, imperfect and full of courage. To me, this is optimism is at it’s best. I know that not every day will be wonderful; life does not always work out as planned and everybody has dark moments.
Everybody has dark moments. We are all the same in that how we choose to see the world is how we can shape our own experiences.
Optimistic living does not have to mean we don’t see things as they really are. It can mean that we work hard to see things through many points of view, and we choose to think the best of it all. We can smile through dark times because we know they will pass and when the pain of life seems absolutely unendurable, because positivity is something that is practiced, over and over, our strength will eventually help us move on.
Optimism is a matter of habit. Every day, make a concerted effort to be more positive–observe others who have a optimistic attitude and how they handle their own life situations. Give support and be as enthusiastic about other’s success as you are about your own. Smile. Work on improving yourself enough that you have no time to criticize other people. Do not be a victim. Challenge yourself, find beauty in imperfection, take chances and be your authentic self–it’s worth it.