OPTIMISM: an inclination to put the most favorable construction upon actions and events or to anticipate the best possible outcome.

I don’t experience optimism naturally. Somewhere along the line I learned to anticipate the worst. It’s a tendency that’s caused me a lot of problems, but old habits die hard.

My head knows that I’m better off assuming best intentions and expecting good things. I treat other people more respectfully, take more risks, and challenge myself to do my best work. When I intentionally look for goodness, generosity, and love I usually find them.

And on top of all that, an optimistic attitude just feels better.

I’m doing better, but I still find that I have to work at optimism. I have to battle my default position of pessimism. I don’t think I’m alone in that battle.

Let’s encourage each other to seek out and focus on the good things that surround us and anticipate the best possible outcomes.

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Copyright 2010 by Rich Dixon, All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.
Rich is an author and speaker. He is the author of:
Relentless Grace: God’s Invitation To Give Hope Another Chance
. Visit his web site www.relentlessgrace.com

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