It would be easy to come to the conclusion that all optimists are idiots! I mean, take a deep breath and look at the world around us. Everywhere you look there is war, terrorism, earthquakes, famine, physical and mental abuse of people, the list could go on and on.
Some days it just seems so damn hard to be anything other than a pessimist. What have we got to look forward to? As the old saying goes the only certainties are taxes and death. It is easy to look on the dark side and be pessimistic about all around you, because this way you cannot get let down or hurt. I think it was John Cleese in the film Clockwork who said something along the lines of ‘it is not the despair that gets you, its the hope’. So better to give up eh?
Well no actually it isn’t, and here’s why. You can take the easy option and not see the good in anything and never get your head above the floor, you will certainly know what to expect each and every day. but if you act like this you have no possible chance of attracting anyone or anything of value to you. You will not be an attractive person to be around, and you will probably drag everyone around you down to the same level.
If you are an optimist, you get let down, you get hurt, things do not go to plan most of the time. But on the days they do you feel on top of the world! When everything falls into place you then remember why it feels so good to be an eternal optimist. And you are more likely to have good days by being optimistic in your outlook. People will be drawn to you and want to share in your good luck and cheery demeanor, you will get smiles and hellos from strangers.
We all know that eventually, it is all going to end in tears as we slip off this mortal coil, but until then let us all make the best of things and enjoy life as much as we can. If you do not suffer the bad times, you cannot hope to enjoy the good times in my opinion.