Optimism is “an inclination to put the most favorable construction upon actions and events or to anticipate the best possible outcome”. Optimists generally believe that people and events are inherently good, so that most situations work out in the end for the best.
Alternatively, some optimists believe that regardless of the external world or situation, one should choose to feel good about it and make the most of it. This kind of optimism doesn’t say anything about the quality of the external world; it’s an internal optimism about one’s own feelings. A common conundrum illustrates optimism-versus-pessimism with the question; does one regard a given glass of water, filled to half its capacity, as half full or as half empty?
As a Rabbi and Spiritual Counselor, optimism is no longer a rational conversation for me as my faith is what drives my positive attitude and my joyous acceptance of things that don’t go my way. I no longer care why or how it is working, I care that it is.
I guess I am what is considered a “cockeyed” optimist as my glass is always full. Full doesn’t mean that everything in it is to my liking and pleasure, but it does mean that it is part of my life and belongs in my glass. Sadness as well as joy; success as well as failure; life as well as death; they are all part of my optimism and fill my glass to the brim every day with “my” life.
My prayer for you today is that you find the hope of a Helen Keller and the optimism that is yours.
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