16 Nov

Through various hit and misses during the course of my life, I have discovered that I am both an optimist and I am pessimistic.  I’m human.  It’s hard to be optimistic when in some circumstances the road taken leads to nowhere. (Failure)  Still, that’s no reason to become a pessimist, believing all doors are shut; wearing a T-shirt saying,  “I’ll believe it when I see it.”

Being optimistic and having faith have more in common then we may realize.  We know to have faith is to believe in things unseen, and to be optimistic is to view events or conditions with a positive outcome; demonstrating optimism.

On the other side of the coin is to be pessimistic: seeing most things as a gloomy experience, despairing, hopeless; cynical.

Cynical, now this is a word to watch out for; no good things come out of being cynical.  Just what the word entails has failure written all over it.

When we are cynical, it shows our contempt for accepted standards of honesty or morality by one’s actions, especially by actions that exploit the scruples of others.  These people are mostly seen as bitter, distrustful, contemptuous, or pessimistic.

The way to success starts with being optimistic about being successful.  Faithful in believing it will happen with hard work, dedication and sheer determination are required, along with having a clear directive to pursuing positive possibilities.  Because we are optimistic, we can place bets on ourselves to become winners, using perseverance as the pacesetter, trusting in Jesus Christ, and referencing the Bible for guidance

If we want to keep our dreams alive, understand that it requires faith and belief in one’s self.  We need a vision and the resolve to pursue it, including self-discipline.

What greater push is there for faith than being one that is optimistic; for optimism is to have faith.  How can anything be accomplished without the both of them:  Somethings work best when they work together; like Christians are supposed too.

I love being in the company of optimistic people, they seem to light up the room.  No job is too big or too small for their “glass half full”  attitude.  On the other hand, being in the same room with one that is pessimistic is durable, but “what a bummer.”  Perhaps they are a train wreck waiting to happen?  It seems as if the pessimist’s only purpose is to find fault, and claim everything will fail if….

But when around the cynical, I get a sour taste in my mouth, and the only thing I want to do is move on to something more positive.  “Get behind me Satan.”  We as people are complicated, especially when we are pessimistic; always suspicious of others, instead of letting our first approach be open-minded. (Optimistic)

FYI: “Hope is definitely not the same as optimism.  It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.”  Vaclav Havel

It’s hard for some of us to be optimistic because we lack the tools needed; faith, hope, goals, good work habits, a positive attitude, including a willingness to persevere no matter how hard the struggle.

We must be motivated in life; committed to our tasks with a strong desire to succeed, and an unshakable belief that failure is not an option.  Obstacles in our way are what gives us the drive and determination to overcome any and all obstacles out to derail our success.

With Jesus Christ in our lives, we should be willing and able to gather up all our courage, preparing ourselves to sacrifice, and commit to whatever is necessary to become somebody in the eyes of God, and then in the eyes of the world.

If we recognize and use our god-giving talents to champion our causes, making sure our goals are clear, we should be able to go about our business with a unselfishness that is obvious, wearing patience like a robe, and focused on determination and unrelenting faith.  Moving mountains when other said it couldn’t be done.

As we pursue our happiness and our peers wish us good luck remember;  “The only good luck many great men ever had was being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.”  Channing Pollock

If we really want to keep our dreams alive, understand it requires our resources which includes a vision and the resolve to pursue that dream to the bitter end.  We must be motivated and optimistic of the outcome.  Not having faith in one’s self is the first step to failure.  We must not create a pessimistic view of life; pessimism only guarantee’s nothing will work, and life is just one bad omen after another one.

Some of us like to be miserable, while others pursue their dreams with such gusto, some believe we have lost our minds.  Little do they know; Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable.  Voltaire

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Thank you for your readership, and thank you, Lord, for your guidance.  In Jesus name, we pray.  Amen


Posted by on November 16, 2014 in Something To Think About


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