Recently, someone asked me in a public setting what is the reason for my very optimistic view of life. I answered this way.
“I believe every citizen of the United States should be required to attend one swearing in of citizenship ceremony. I believe that every in person in this country should make at least two visits to their local unemployment office to sign up for needed unemployment benefits. And further, I believe that every head of a household, male or female, should have to at least once go and pick up food from a food pantry in order to provide food for their family and to sit in a house darkened by the power being turned off. If you have to do all four…and I have, then you will know the reason for my optimism when good things happen in life.”
Optimism can be found in one’s darkest hour.
Optimism can be found in moments of extreme loneliness.
Optimism can be found when everything and everyone around you is falling apart.
Optimism comes from experience.
From the experience of not only surviving, but also overcoming the most difficult situations.
My optimistic view of life comes from the foundational belief that bad things eventually come to an end…and that good things are on the way.
You have to resign yourself to the fact that good things are on the way.