Freed from the tyranny of pessimism

The heart to be happy and the nerve to be hopeful

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And now for my favorite new joke:

How many optimists does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Who says it’s dark?

If you didn’t laugh at that, then you’re not an optimist. And that’s okay. Because being optimist comes with an inherent blind spot.

You’re so optimistic that you believe everyone else is optimistic too.

But sadly, not everyone you meet elects and adopts your attitude. Not everyone you meet allows the landscape of hope to become their reality. Regardless of how hard you try to reaffirm even the faintest glimmer of optimism in their failing spirits, they still won’t look on the more favorable side of events.

And regardless of how often you send forth a tiny ripple of hope, they’re still waiting for the other shoe to drop.

Ask any midwesterner who’s ever relocated to the big city. You don’t realize just how optimistic you really are until you’re living in trash ridden hellhole surrounded by eight million cynical centers of the universe who have long lost the heart to be happy and the nerve to be hopeful.

The point is, next time you feel like a time traveling visitor from a bygone age of optimism, don’t beat yourself up. Stay focused on taking your place in the sun as one of the world’s hopeful possibilities. Continue to measure your work by the optimism it leaves behind.

And when people lament about the darkness, just remind yourself that the light has been on the whole time.

What story do will you tell yourself to become freed from the tyranny of pessimism?

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Scott Ginsberg
That Guy with the Nametag
Author. Speaker. Strategist. Inventor. Filmmaker. Publisher. Songwriter.

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