Why Optimism And Hope Are Important
Optimism and hope are key navigational tools that help us get through life and cope with change.
Without these two important factors in our life, one could argue that dealing with life’s adversities and challenges could be extremely more difficult.
But how about taking a closer look at what each of them mean?
Helen Keller, that fountain of inspiration, brought these two blessed concepts together so beautifully in the above quote.
Or perhaps, another more humorous way of looking at it might be:
But Is This Just A Bunch Of Pollyannaism?
Surely just thinking and believing that things will work out for the best is nothing more then short-sighted naivete?
Is it really?
Perhaps one of the things that motivates us to get out of bed in the morning is the belief that today is a new day.
That the new day brings a new world of possibilities.
Certainly today in Canada, seems to be one of those days.
With a new government being sworn in, the air is filled with optimism and hope. A feeling that we have turned the corner. That things can and hopefully will be different.
But if that is to be true on a national level, it will take more than just words and election victories.
It will take action.
The good news is that the new government seems to remember its campaign promises, and seems eager to put them into place. Time will tell, if this does in fact occur.
But the mood appears to be bright in the country. The citizens appear to be willing to give the incoming government the benefit of the doubt, and hopefully a chance to prove themselves.
The stakes are high. Promises made must be honoured, otherwise the trust and faith that has been placed in the new government will wither and fade. And that would likely lead to pessimism and discouragement, and quite possibly betrayal.
Time will tell. It always does.
But What About The Rest Of Us?
We as individuals have not won a federal election. Some of us may have voted for the party that won, and others not.
Perhaps what is important, now and at all times in our lives is:
What do we believe about the nature of the world, our place in it, and our power to change our own personal world?
In essence, what we are talking about is our sense of: Personal Power
Right now a lot of people in this country are feeling empowered. Possibly because they feel that they might actually have a government that may be willing to listen to them, consider their opinions, but also take action on matters that are important to them.
We Have An Opportunity
Right now there is a great opportunity to take this sense of optimism and hope that we are feeling, and to channel it into our lives.
It is an opportunity to take the time to make an assessment of our lives to date. To see how far we have come, to see where we are, and more importantly to chart a course for where we would like to go.
Right now, we might feel like we have a favourable government tone in our nation’s capital. This may change, and it may change quickly. Governments seem to be only as popular and effective, as their handling of the latest scandal or critical issue.
This is an opportunity to set a course for ourselves, for our relationships, for our families, and organizations. An opportunity to be buffeted by this spirit of optimism, and to set a course into the wind.
There will be many challenges. Of that we can be sure. We need only look to history to verify this for ourselves.
But as we look around the world. There is much to be thankful for in this great country that we call Canada.
Personally, after returning from vacation overseas, I am immensely grateful and thankful to be a Canadian citizen. But we face many challenges as a nation. Our reputation in the world has been tarnished. We are no longer the world leaders that we were.
But there is hope. And there is optimism in the air.
This country can be what it once was. A place that the world looked to for a model of inclusion and compassion. A place of global leadership, inspiration and peace. We are getting back onto the road that we once traveled. And there will be bumps along the way. But I for one, wouldn’t want to be doing it in any other country in the world.
Through The Counselling Door
Bringing things closer to home. It is this same sense of optimism and hope, that I see and listen to everyday when I am with a client.
No matter how much pain and despair that a person may be feeling. There is something deep inside of them, a fire that burns, that believes that things can be different!
And it is I believe, that fire of optimism and hope that fuels each and every one of us to try. To pick ourselves up after pain. To not stop. To hopefully be able to see how we have been hurting ourselves, or have been hurt. And to wish for something different.
To do something different, and to get different results!
On this day, we are full of optimism and hope. Let us all remember this day when the going gets tough. Because it will. But it is in overcoming difficult moments, that we are all brought closer together. It is what unites us.
Let the spirit of optimism and hope burn bright within you. And never stop believing that things can be different. We can all be living proof, each and every day.