Still it’s a real good bet the best is yet to come. Tony Bennett
Grow old with me the best is yet to come. Robert Browning
The point of living and of being an optimist, is to be foolish enough to believe the best is yet to come. Peter Ustinov
When it gets down to it, a lot is riding on whether we have chosen to live life as an optimist or as a pessimist. An optimist has a basic belief in that things will only get better. The pessimistic believes that their life is going downhill and the best has already occurred. Each of us will lean toward one of these: Do we approach our life going forward, as going downhill, that the glass is half empty; or that the glass is at least half full and the best is yet to come? Our quality of life and what it will be going forward, hinges and hangs on our choices.
Some claim that optimism is not all that is cracked up to be. Some say blind optimism is “Pollyannaish” and just as bad as being a “sad sack” pessimist. The concept of realism advocates looking at things and at life as they really are. What can be wrong with realism? If we get “nit picky”, we can be a pessimistic realist or we can choose to be an optimistic realist. We can go around and around in an endless circle on such issues.
Some basic truths do apply. We tend to get out of life in relative proportion to our expectations. Life has a tendency to be a self-fulfilling prophecy. If we expect to fail, chances are high we will fail. If we expect to succeed we will probably, at the very least, do better than if we had expected to fail. A famous quote by Napoleon Hill says that whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe can be achieved. History is full of stories and examples of people who had high expectations and hopes that succeeded. They approached life from the optimistic, half full side of the equation. Had they been “half empty” or pessimistic realists where would the world be today? The achievements of the Wright Brothers, Edison, Bill Gates, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ford, Mother Teresa and countless others are tremendous examples and role models.
One of the great abilities of the human mind is its creative capabilities. The things we can visualize, imagine and see in our minds become the blue prints and building blocks for their eventual creation. If this is true, it would seem to be a no-brainer that we are well-advised to lean toward the optimistic side of the equation.
Challenge: Small things add up to be big things. Your attitude and approach is very critical to the quality of life you experience. Pessimists tend not to enjoy life as much as optimists. Whether you have low expectations or high expectations does and will make a difference? You are influencing your brain and creating a mindset based on your basic approach. Why not choose to get your money’s worth. Raise your expectations and get more.
Wisdom: A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. Winston Churchill
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds. James 1:2
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12
A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones. Proverbs 15:30
The Bible does not project gloom and doom for those who choose to align themselves with God and his will. In fact, it promises that life can be more joyful and happier. We are told the more we listen to God and follow his guidance; the more we will find our life getting better. The Holy Spirit is an agent of change for our spiritual betterment. This does require that we make a conscious and definitive decision to seek God’s guidance.
Prayer: Help me to understand and to listen to your guidance on how I should live life.