“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill
“When we talk about God, we’re talking about that sense you have – however stifled, faint, or repressed it is – that hope is real, that things are headed somewhere, and that that somewhere is good.” – Rob Bell, What We Talk About When We Talk About God
Today’s message is about remaining hopeful no matter what.
I mean what is life without hope? It’s sad at the very least and destructive on the extreme.
In fact, the opposite of optimism – pessimism and feelings of helplessness and hopelessness is definitely an epidemic. It is the cause of countless lost dreams, addiction, chronic depression, desperation, abuse and self-loathing.
I bring up the epidemic of pessimism, which keeps you stuck struggling, and fearful so that you can fully appreciate the value and the spirit and beauty of optimism, which gives you the insight, support and the strength to overcome life’s most difficult challenges and obstacles.
So what does pessimism stem from?
There are many voices of pessimism.
The inner critic, the saboteur, the ego, the shadow self are all the voices of pessimism. These are the little gremlins in your head engaging in negative self-talk.
You know, those voices in your head that are always fucking with you or what I call mind-fucking you into believing some shit that just isn’t true, always telling you what you can’t and shouldn’t do or what bad things can or will happen. Then of course all that negative self-talk in your head becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
And let’s not forget that we allow other people to get in our heads with their pessimism about life and the world.
Then there’s the media, which is notorious for reporting mostly stories of doom and gloom way more than positive, hopeful stories.
We listen to all the garbage coming our way, years of programming and witnessing all the things wrong with the world until we start believing in our own doom and gloom.
I mean with all the stuff in the news alone about the economy, terrorism, global warming, shooting rampages in schools, malls, and offices, missing and kidnapped children, planes falling out the sky, natural disasters, deadly diseases, discrimination, police brutality, sexism, brutality against women, unemployment, foreclosures, the divorce rate and the countless other things that are happening in the world it’s easy to understand why people are feeling the way that they do – helpless, hopeless and it complete despair especially if any of these things have hit close to home.
When people feel helpless and hopeless they literally start to self-destruct and often attempt to take others with them. They don’t see a way out of their despair and are abusive both to themselves and others in countless ways.
But the only thing that will truly save them and us is love, faith and hope, otherwise what is the point of even getting out of bed and leaving the house.
If at any point in time every single person on Earth said this is just the way things are and there’s nothing anyone can do about it, which is a pessimistic mindset then none of us would be here.
We’d all be dead, doomed to the misfortune of the times.
We’re here because enough people have always said it can get and be better.
We are here because enough of us were in the past and are now still optimistic and we refuse to accept the status quo.
If fear and pessimism is the fuel of disease, war, abuse, addiction and self-destruction, optimism is the fuel of innovation, cures, healing, and creating new possibilities.
Optimism is hope, faith and a knowing that everything is going to workout even if you don’t know when or how.
Optimism fuels us to do what we need to and can do even in the darkest of times, in the despair of loss, in the aftermath of tragedy.
Optimism tells us that we can cure diseases. We can rebuild our communities after disaster hits. We can bring peace to nations in upheaval.
Optimism tells us we can play BIG in our lives and stop accepting the status quo. We can make a difference and fulfill our dreams.
It told us we could end slavery, segregation, the Holocaust and apartheid. If we can do these things in the face of the insurmountable, imagine what you can do in your life when you allow yourself to dream in the possibilities of what can be and then take real action to change what is.
The world needs us to do what we came here to do – contribute and leave it better than we found it.
It needs you to…
Believe in yourself.
Believe in a Higher Power.
Believe that all things are possible.
You can change your life for the better. You can heal your body. You can lose weight. You can have a healthy and happy relationship. You can do the work you love. You can make the money you need and want to make. You can find joy and fulfillment. You can cultivate your ideal life – a life you love and deserve.
Yes YOU can.
But it takes resilience, hope, faith, and dwelling in possibilities.
It takes learning to look for the silver lining, the bright side of things, the upside.
It takes believing that things can and will get better.
It takes believing in the light at the end of the tunnel even when you can’t see it.
It takes knowing that what you do does matter.
It takes believing something better is in store than what you even originally hoped for.
It takes looking for a new and better opportunity in situations that seem to be going wrong and falling apart.
It takes being willing to grow and learn from adversity, failure and loss.
It takes looking for the blessing that can come of the bad shit that happens.
It takes trusting in the natural unfolding of things meant to be and it our ultimate good.
It takes believing in miracles.
It takes OPTIMISM.
Optimism is a mindset of being positive in the face of negativity. It is a willingness to take action instead of giving up and into resignation.
Optimism is being flexible, adaptable, and willing to go with the flow.
It’s trusting that everything will be okay, that things will work out no matter what.
It’s finding the opportunity in every obstacle.
Optimism allows you to persevere in difficult and challenging times.
Optimism declares that all will be well and it gives us permission to do what is in our power to do and then to surrender and allow the divine order of things to unfold.
Optimism is the hope that we all need to believe in to manifest our happy ending.
So I ask you, are you a pessimist, wondering why your life sucks and feeling sorry for yourself or are you a hopeful optimist doing everything you can to change your life and the world for the better?
“I dwell in possibilities.” – Emily Dickinson
- Share how you’re feeling about your life and the world. Do you have a pessimistic mindset or an optimistic one.
- Help someone this week find a solution to a pressing problem or the opportunity in an obstacle they’re facing. The best way to resolve your own issues and challenges is to help someone resolve theirs.
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