Well…here we are again…on the edge of a brand new year with all its glowing potential for promise and all its hidden opportunities for disappointment. When it comes to life, some people believe in fate or blind luck. Others believe in destiny of sorts. I suppose I don’t strictly believe in either. I believe we have free will and ample opportunity to make good decisions regarding our own life…or to suffer from bad ones. Truly, we all have the same amount of time each day to build a life worth living. But it is totally up to us.
You might argue that some folks have more advantages in life than other folks. This often translates into having more money, thus more access to tools that allow a person to get ahead quicker than those who do not have them. Yes, this is true. Unfortunately, access to money, resources, good parenting, good education and even good food are not uniform in our country and certainly grossly out of proportion around the globe. Yet, you cannot deny that there is an indelible quality to humans that tend to cause us to defy the odds. That is, consider the wretchedly poor man or woman who rises to great success from very humble beginnings because of a unquenchable drive to do so. Nor can you ignore the pitiable caricature of the spoiled, self-centered wealthy man who does nothing with his life and is despised by all. Isn’t it humbling to consider the architecture erected by ancient civilizations or the amazing goods that were produced in antiquity? What tools did they have? Certainly not all of our modern gadgets and conveniences. Yet the accomplishments were truly remarkable. Out of necessity, life certainly finds a way.
Therefore, this is my New Year’s challenge to us all: decide to be a Raving Optimist this year. Decide to spend your days living in the heady cloud of optimism and dreams, breathing the rarefied air of hope and high expectations rather than resigning yourself to the crowded muddy pools of pessimism and despair fed by a jumbo diet of anger, bitterness and complaining. Raving Optimists may not always appear sane or realistic, but they generally appear happy. Why? Because optimism will keep you working toward your goal, even a very difficult goal, thus making you much more likely to achieve it while a pessimistic attitude will quickly hit the “quit now” button every time.
So I dare you to take the plunge! Here’s a toast to the rising ranks of Raving Optimists! Cheers and good wishes to all! I look forward to hearing about all of your successes this year.
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