“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
I recently finished reading a book that I wanted to read last year.
It was a brilliant book about optimism – with pictures and a whole lot of entertaining stories and facts – “The art of being brilliant”. The original goal of reading the book was to, of course, become smarter or more “brilliant”.
What I got from that book is something different entirely, and glad for it. It was a book about optimism and about the willingness to look at the positives of each situation, and eventually that culminates into an optimistic or positive outlook in life.
The fact that we need to read and write a book on why optimism is better than being pessimistic is worrisome. But, that is the state of things.
We live in a world where we are constantly told that we aren’t good enough.
That we need to be on this diet, to eat sugar, don’t eat sugar, eat this not that, coffee leads to cancer (it probably doesn’t) or that we need to buy the newest version of that phone to be happy. That we need a bigger car and a bigger home to really feel like we’ve made it in life.
Outside of marketing directed at us to not make us feel good – we have the news and social media – when the news isn’t telling us about all the terrible things that are happening in the world, there are the ten social apps that show you how fancy your friends are and the beautified food that they’re eating or the beach where they went last weekend.
We know from countless sources and from the wisdom of aeons that 1) suffering is human, 2) that happiness is found in little things and that 3) materialistic, outward view of life isn’t enough to create a meaningful existence.