Optimism



Don't Cry, Tomorrow is Now Colored Pencil on Paper
Drawing by Wendy Ann Lindquist






There are times when a picture speaks volumes. Have you ever felt the way this young woman does? She is sad, holding a glass of wine like it might drop out of her hand any minute. You can tell she is unhappy and perhaps looking for solace in the glass, yet deep down she knows it will never be there and is ready to let it go.

If you are sad or depressed, or have felt like your circumstances are weighing you down, start with a change of heart. Know that you can decide to have a diferent persepective. If you are thinking about what has happened in the past, even earlier today, stop and think...right now is tomorrow. You do not have to remain stuck! Turn it around!

The late author and original self-help leader, Louise Hay, was known for saying, "You are the only thinker in your mind," which could be understood as your thoughts are your own. No matter how other people think, act or speak, you have the power to decide how you will react. It starts with a thought. You can choose thoughts that are:

  • Uplifting
  • Forgiving
  • Positive
  • Energetic
  • Joyful
  • Interested
  • Happy
  • Active
  • Forward-Focused
  • _______ you fill in the blank!

There is no reason to stay stuck in unhappiness. Make a list of things that you enjoy and what lifts your spirits. Make another list of 100 things you are grateful for. Make a list of kindnesses done to you - whether it was the beautiful sunshine warming your face on a bright spring day, or a stranger held the door for you. Start thinking of the good in your life and that is what you will find. 

If the woman in the portrait were sitting next to me, I'd tell her the same thing. Just being alive makes you special. Remembering you are unique and worthy just by being human can often be the turning point to decide you want - and will have - a more optimistic outlook in life.  Sometimes we need to get out of our own way. Turn off the negative self-talk and treat yourself to uplifting viewpoints.

Here are some resources you may find encouraging:








I have not yet read Michelle's book but hear it is a good one. Please feel free to add your comments below with tips on how you maintain a positive outlook, or want to.

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