Ripples #833: Optimal Visioning.
May 11, 2015
It takes a lot of bravery to look around you and see the world not as it is but as it should be.
-Coach Sue Sylvester, on the final episode of Glee
The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were. -John F. Kennedy, shared by Chris in Evanston, IL
There is little doubt that it is *easier* to see the problems and the poopiness that exist in our surroundings. Especially when we’re depleted, our system goes on high alert to warn us about potential dangers when we’re not at our best. That means that when we’re extra stressed out with extra-full plates and approaching deadlines, we’re actually more likely to see the the yucky stuff..
The good news is that optimism isn’t a personality trait that you’re either born with or stuck without. It is a learnable, improvable skill that you can get better at with intention and practice. Improving your optimism allows you to more easily look beyond the challenges of the moment for any good stuff in the moment, AND it will help you identify more positive things to help create an improved tomorrow.
If you’re noticing the bad stuff more than the good stuff lately, take a few deep breaths and see if you can be as idealistic as you can when thinking about possibilities for today, for tomorrow, and beyond.
The Ripples Guy
P.S. Have an extra good week, okay?