Ollie the optimist sees opportunity in every situation. His glass is half full, always. If Ollie goes on a diet and doesn’t lose weight, he wells on his good points and moves on to the next week. He sees the best in everything. His events are not world-changing or more painful than the other guy’s. He looks forward to another new day.
My husband and I found lots of optimistic Ollies in the cancer unit. Both patients and nurses realized that success was 90% attitude, and they lived it.
The optimist chooses a good attitude through every problem. Silver lines his clouds. His health is better than the health of the pessimist. He lives longer, with less disease, possibly because he lives a better lifestyle.
This old poem lays it all out for you.
Twixt optimist and pessimist, the difference is droll.
The optimist sees the donut and the pessimist sees the hole.
– McLandburgh Wilson
Are you an optimist or a pessimist?
My Dad used to say that an optimist looked out the window and said “Good morning, God,” while the pessimist always said “Good God, morning!”
Surely those of us who have a personal relationship with Christ are optimists… well, aren’t we? And if not, why not?
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness. (Galatians 5:22, NIV)
Prayer – Lord, give us the grace to live as you intended we should. For Christ who died so we could. Amen