May 15, 2011

Hope for Optimism?

Posted in Choices, Decisions, Expectations, Future, Happiness, Human Nature, Interaction, Society tagged , , , , , , , at 1:22 pm by lemaclellan


So I have been noticing a disturbing (well to me at least) trend in how other people view the world, interactions, people, etc. it seems to be very belittling, pessimistic, and untrustworthy…. Being an optimist myself I don’t understand the lack of benefit of the doubt, hope, positive thinking etc that goes along with being an optimist even though it has been shown that having a positive frame of mind in everything you do is beneficial to your individual being. 

By treating someone in positive, respectful ways you are more likely to get that back in equal strength or more but by treating others less than you would like to be treated then the downward spiral of treatment continues and in the end does no good to anyone. 

It saddens me when I see people who have not done anything wrong being treated as if they have, because what good does that do except make the person doing the mistreating feel better about the interaction or circumstance.  I am not just saying this as an outsider because it has happened to me. Since I am naturally a kind, optimistic, positive, understanding person in the past people have taken advantage of that fact and vented or been pessimistic towards me thinking that I can handle it because my attitude will win out in the end, which it does but that does not mean that while the behaviour is going on it does not hurt me emotionally to hear all the negativity. 

negative emotions, behaviours, relationships, and interactions drain all energy that the people may have because it takes so much more energy (at least from my perspective) to be negative than it does to smile and say kind words instead. These types of things are also almost like a virus as they spread the more you come into contact with them. Being positive works in a similar way but there just seem to be so many more negative people in this world compared to the positive, thus making it quite difficult for positive thinking to spread when the majority of people’s interactions are probably negative. It is like the old saying is the glass half-full or half-empty? they are the same measurement it is all about the different perspective one has, I always like to seeing things as being half-full, a that everything happens for a reason so there is no point in regretting because at one point that decision was what you wanted/needed and made you happy and one should never regret any happiness no matter what the final outcome because you can learn something from everything. 

Hopefully when I become a teacher I will be able to slowly mend this perspective and help people see things from the positive side, So I guess we shall see how that fares when I finish that degree in 2 years. Is it too much to ask for the world to be a more positive, tolerant, optimistic place?

Oh well that is it for me today I think. 

Hope you are all doing well 

-L


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3 Comments »

  1. Colline said,

    As a teacher you need to continue to think positively. Your enthuiasm and positivity will affect the atmosphere in the classroom and how the children interact. Love what you are doing (teaching) and you will influence the children’s lives in a positive way. In the meantime, do not let the pessimists convert you to their way of thinking.

    • lemaclellan said,

      Thank you so much for your splendid comment. and no need to worry i will never be converted to pessimism and i am really looking forward to becoming a teacher 🙂

  2. Thank you for posting this. I enjoyed reading today’s article very much. Checking up on my health is something I do often. I try to keep up with today’s trends so I’m more active and healthier. Thanks again for sharing your article.


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