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A Dose of Optimism

Posted Wednesday, January 14, 2009, at 8:21 PM

Brian's blog "Having a Bad Day?" got me thinking about how desperately so many of us need a dose of optimism right now. Since my husband is a fan of talk radio and Fox News, I can't turn a corner in either my house or the office without a speaker revealing yet another statistic about job losses and economy woes. I'm not saying these aren't real concerns, but is it everything?

I believe that when our country starts crawling out of this muck, we're going to be stronger for it. Maybe we needed a shake up like this. It bites, but it's one of those tough lessons we've had to learn about our reliance on credit and bad loans. Maybe we'll learn something about saving and making due with the resources God has given us, as those who lived through the Depression had to learn.

As a community, we all need to take some time to pray for those facing lay offs. Pray that their families' needs will be met and that maybe something even better is waiting for them. Maybe it's a better job or a chance to go back to college or move to a new community. For those who have faced a job loss and found a way to make lemonade out of lemons, I hope you will share your successes. I recently heard some great blizzard stories from some Buffalo Commons Storytellers that reminded me of this Bible verse:

Matthew 5: 15-16: "No one lights a lamp and puts it under a bowl; instead he puts it on the lamp stand, where it gives light for everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine before people, so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven."

For more doses of optimism, read Jack Canfield's "The Success Principles." It has a number of great quotes from inspiring people. Since they can say it better than me, here are a few of my favorites:

"What others think about you is none of your business." --Jack Canfield

"I've always been the opposite of a paranoid. I operate as if everyone is part of a plot to enhance my well-being." --Stan Dale

"Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone." --Robert Allen

"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step." --Martin Luther King Jr.

"For every failure, there's an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour." --Mary Kay Ash

"The secret to my success is that I bit off more than I could chew and chewed as fast as I could." --Paul Hogan

"Most people give up just when they're about to achieve success. They quit on the one-yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game, one foot from a winning touchdown." --H. Ross Perot

"It's always too soon to quit!" --Norman Vincent Peale

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Well said, seentoomuch. I'd also like to add that the United Methodist Church is planning a couple of prayer walks for the community, to pray for our local businesses and economy. If anyone is interested, they can call the church office for dates and times.

-- Posted by saveryhinze on Mon, Jan 19, 2009, at 8:31 AM

A dose of optimism is what we all need, thank you for this entry. A lot of deal with issues that seem overwhelming on a day to day basis, money, relationships, family, jobs, health, they can all make our way of thinking take a downward turn in a hurry. Then we hear on the news about failing markets, war, jobs losses, on and on and on. These are all very real things that will have to be dealt with, but 1 person can't fix it all. I say we should all address all of the issues we have every day, and I pray that we all have the wisdom to realize that we have done all we can do, and move on. Maybe just acknowledging that the issue exists is all we can do today, maybe we can do more. In any case, once that is done, put aside all of the stress and take the time to enjoy the things that god has put in place to lift our spirits. The smile of a child, the smell of a spring day, the turning of the leaves, that feeling you get when the sun hits your face just right on a cold day. Enjoy that moment of euphoria and let your mind relax. These things tell us that there is always something in life that we can enjoy. We will learn from our mistakes, apply that knowledge to our journey, and we will all make progress. Dont forget to be thankful for the progress, and for the knowledge gained in the process.

-- Posted by seentoomuch on Fri, Jan 16, 2009, at 1:15 PM

Your welcome! I thought your entry on Audie Murphy was a good dose of optimism too. Such a great testament of what a spirit of determination can accomplish!

-- Posted by saveryhinze on Thu, Jan 15, 2009, at 11:28 AM

Thanks to you and Brian for reminding me of how important optimism is.

-- Posted by sameldridge on Thu, Jan 15, 2009, at 12:09 AM

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