Sometimes we don’t WANT to look at the bright side. What’s so good about it? In fact, I believe that our culture and our media push us to believe stories of doom and gloom, and to make it ‘uncool’ to think optimistically.
I believe a lot of our news and our media, even commercials, push us to fear and to be afraid. Fear of looking older, or fear of not making enough money, fear of losing out on something big, and other such messages are things that our media pushes, but in my opinion, all of that is garbage.
If you want to live like that, you’ll be afraid of everything. However, it seems to me that there are legitimate things to be afraid of – especially anything having to do with your own survival. Fear of not having food to feed your family is a big, worthy fear to have, but fear of not having the best car to impress your boss, isn’t.
If you have a place to live in, food in reachable distance (even if you’re the kind of person who eats out all the time, it still counts), and access to water, heat and plumbing, I think you have something to be optimistic about.
It’s easy to fall into the doom and gloom trap, but really, you don’t have to. There are lots of things to feel grateful for, and even things in the future to get excited about.
Lost your job? The next one will be better, and it sure feels great to sleep in everyday.
Lost your girl? Well, at least you still have your dog.
Lost your dog and your girl? Less hair all over the place and now you get the whole bed to yourself.
Lost your mind? Think of the fun of trying someone else’s on for a while.
I know that was silly, but being optimistic means you can be silly. Wishing you lots of optimism, and lots of silliness.
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