Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. 
-Helen Keller


So true, don’t you think?  Do you consider yourself to be a ‘glass half full’ or a ‘glass half empty’ person?  I once heard that an opportunist is someone who drinks the water while the pessimist and the optimist consider the amount of water in the glass.  Regardless if you consider to yourself to be hopeful for the future or dread the future with a soon-to-be-empty glass, you probably can agree that a little bit of hope never hurt anybody.

A therapist once said to me (and I’ve seen MANY in my time!) that hope is fuel for the spirit. I completely agree with him.  When we put our hope away, we sentence ourselves to a life of unchanging misery.

Whether you are writing a book, planting a garden, raising children or just heading to the grocery store, if you don’t begin with the HOPE that there will be a positive outcome why would you ever begin?

We MUST have hope that we can bring some sort of difference to the world around us.  I heard a quote about  writing once and I’m just going to paraphrase because I can’t remember who said it or what exactly they said.  (yes, it’s hard to be me!).  The saying made the point that some things simply do not make a story.  For example, “I took a nap” isn’t a story.  “I took a nap while being held hostage by a one armed man” is a story.  There must be conflict and drama in a story.  That is what makes it interesting, makes it worth reading.

I happen to believe that this is the same of life.  It is the drama, the action that moves us along that makes life worth living.  Not the drama that goes on between our ears, but rather the actions and moments that make us feel.  That remind us that we are alive.  And in order to live our lives with the most zest we must have HOPE that at the end, we will have made it into something good.

What Good means is different for all of us.  We can’t let others determine what living a good life means.  It has to be YOUR definition of good that you are striving to achieve.  And then you must have a sense of confidence that some how, some way you have the ability to get there.

It is not a really complicated formula.  Think positive thoughts, banish all negative ones.  Don’t let them take your hope away.  Once you consistently think happy, positive thoughts you will begin doing happy, positive things.  The more good things you do, the more confidence you will have that you can in fact do more good things.

Choosing to have hope (and it IS a choice) will inspire confidence in yourself.  The combination of hope and confidence will fill you with the optimism that you can ACHIEVE something great.

So if you are moping through your life feeling that the glass of water is going to empty any minute with no hope of refilling it, you just need to make a CHOICE.  Choose to believe that you can find a way to get your hands on some more water.  Before you know it, you will have more water than you know what to do with.

Then, like me, you will be so happy and optimistic that you use WAY too many exclamation points in sentences and generally annoy those empty-glass people.

Not a bad goal.


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