03 March 2009

we, the optimists


Today, I am optimistic. I am full of optimism, full of...
...an outlook on life such that one maintains a view of the world as a positive place, or one's personal situation as a positive one. It is the philosophical opposite of pessimism. Optimists generally believe that people and events are inherently good, so that most situations work out in the end for the best.

Alternatively, some optimists believe that regardless of the external world or situation, one should choose to feel good about it and make the most of it. This kind of optimism doesn't say anything about the quality of the external world; it's an internal optimism about one's own feelings.


What leaves you feeling optimistic today?

2 comments:

  1. I believe i am the internal optimist. i typically just don't let things get to me that would bug most people...little, petty things. like being stuck in traffic, or an occassional power outage. the world doesn't revolve around me, so why would anyone want to clear the road for me?

    what leaves me feeling optimistic today? gratitude for the great people and things in my life. i know that life is good.

    -Jeff

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  2. Robert Lobkovich04 March, 2009 16:37

    I'm optimistic that God is alive, well, sovereign, and accomplishing the work He predestined despite any anxiety we have about environmental factors.

    I'm optimistic to see really broken people being restored into a relationship with Abba Father.

    I'm optimistic after hearing that hundreds of churches are wrestling with the same issues, sensing the same burden and vision of God and striving towards the same goal of Christ...with a bus full of imperfect people (who at least smell better than fisherman, but that's about it).

    I'm optimistic that if I'm fully obedient today, it's all good. I may end up at the bottom of a cistern like Jeremiah, bring down a giant with a little flick of the wrist, might see thousands accept Christ, or I might end up chased out of town. But - if I was obedient completely, God is pleased completely.

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