The Ultimate Optimist

It has been proven scientifically that one's experience of reality can never be totally objective. It is always subjective to the interpretation of the observer. In everyday language; it is impossible to see the world without a specific set of eyes; without a particular point of view. Knowing this, and knowing that people usually see what they are looking for in life (be it consciously or subconsciously); one must question anybody who chooses to see life through the eyes of a pessimist.

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
-Winston Churchill

I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.
-Winston Churchill (again)

The quotes above are extremely supportive of the point being made here. There are many others throughout history who have seen the advantage to being optimistic about life. As a matter of fact; you will not find any great man or woman who has succeeded at anything that did not hold the perspective of an optimist. Every set back is a set up for a come back, is the philosophy of a winner. Not only can it fuel great accomplishments; it really does feel so much better on yourself than the stress of a pessimistic attitude.

So how do you become the ultimate optimist? Once the egoic identity has been transcended; once a person no longer mistakes themselves for their ego; it is tremendously easier to realize that everything does indeed happen for the best. To no longer be in resistance to reality; but instead, to adapt to what is, allows one to be at one with and at peace with life situations. This actually empowers them to affect positive change.

So how do you see life? Are you a pessimist or an optimist?

For more on how to see the bright side of your life, read What Is Really Good? and stay tuned!

6 comments:

Stream Source said...

This is a timely reminder. I'm going to send it to my daughter who is going through a rough patch.

I like the unexpected link to ego, in the last paragraph... if I may take the liberty to elaborate.

Maybe we do not need to transcend ego-identity to be able to perceive the reason for what occurs in our lives. Rather, first, for beginners, we need to only accept that what is happening (in faith) is for a greater good. As we advance we awaken to the realization of the ego being separate from 'the self'. And, although even then we may not transcend ego, we are at least observing this condition.

It is from this point of reckoning that transcendence can begin to occur - either swiftly, but more likely, gradually.

Blessings to all...

C. Om said...

Without a doubt; you are exactly right. Totally transcending the ego is not necessary to see and feel the benefit of optimism. The awakening process starts with simply recognizing that your consciousness is much more than the perspective of the ego. This is already a major shift and the beginning of the awakening.

Thanks for your valuable insight SS.

Ben said...

First let me give the constructive criticism you asked for in blog forums.

The blog is plain from a standard Blogger template. Try to spruce it up more with a custom header image and maybe some relevant photos in your posts.

Now the answer to the question: I will be both optimist and pessimist based on the situation and on what I know about the situation.

C. Om said...

I appreciate the feedback Ben. I will look into exactly how to liven up the header with maybe more colors or a photo. I've thought of using images in the posts as well. Visual stimulation is always cool.

As far as being pessimistic; I honestly can't see any advantage to it. It really does weigh a person down with stress. Thanks for your insight though. Come back again.

Bhadra said...

Thanks for your comments. I agree about being optimistic as opposed to being pessimistic which is a kind of stress.

I am striving consciously to be optimistic more and more as I live more in the present moment with my surroundings, who I am around etc. It feels better and it helps me not to stay stuck in the constant pessimistic, negative energy thrown at us everyday, ie - people losing their jobs, prices going up...

C. Om said...

Yes. Once a person comes to the realization that the external world is a delayed reflection of what is inside; the judgement or label of whether the situation is good or bad is changed. Appreciate the insight Bhadra.