By Dr. Russ and Jackie Monroe,
Optimism! Wherever we go everyone tells us: “We need more of that!”
Where can optimism be found? Fourteen million New York City subway riders can find it on the back of a Metro Card that has an originally designed graphic of the word ‘OPTIMISM.’ Michael Grynbaum, New York Times, has written: “Optimism is a scarce commodity in a city where unemployment is at a 16 year high.”
Can optimism be gotten for free? The answer is yes and no. No. Once you find optimism you do not have to pay for it. Yes. The cost of finding it takes effort, and quite often “blood, sweat and tears.”
Does hope count as optimism? Partially. Hope is an essential component of optimism, but it is not the same. Hope is the dream, it lays out the goal and long range target, and gets us started walking down the road of optimism. Hope embodies the thought of desired outcomes such as good health, peace on earth, happiness, a six figure income, or an increase in the stock market.
Optimism provides the path and action plan to make the dream a reality. Optimism provides the resilience needed to deal with reality. Optimism provides the courage, motivation and persistence needed to keep going in the face of incredible odds, major and minor setbacks, failure after failure, and the wisdom to recognize opportunity in every negative event.
Perhaps we can find optimism in a song. In 1949, Bing Crosby sang, “Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative and don’t mess with Mr. In-Between. If you are looking for more optimism you are likely a “tweener.” You are pessimistic sometimes, optimistic sometimes, and somewhere in-between most of the time.
Is it possible to find optimism in each and every moment of every day? We believe it is, but it will take a great deal of work and practice. Optimism is a skill that must and can be learned. We, the so called optimists, learn something new about optimism every day. Learning to be a “skilled optimist” requires the kind of training and mentoring equivalent to becoming a master plumber, electrician, violin maker, or web master.
If you happened to grow up with parents who were good at teaching and mentoring optimism, you were born into a family of “skilled optimists.” Your “skilled optimism” apprenticeship started the day you were born. But, most of you grew up in a family of “optimism-pessimism tweeners” and you are the ones searching for more optimism especially in these tough times.
If you are a self-identified “tweener” this blog is for you. But, you have to be prepared to believe in yourself. Are you prepared to “sweat out the tough stuff,” stay in the game despite setbacks and tough going, and persist to overcome expected and unexpected obstacles? Are you ready to turn in your “Optimism Metro Card” for a free “Buss” transfer pass and ride the “Dr. Russ Buss” down the path of OPTIMISM. At each stop (daily blog entry), you will have the opportunity to build, develop and improve your skills of optimism.
So get on board the Dr. Russ Buss. More importantly invite all your friends and family to get a FREE OPTIMISM BUSS pass by sending them an e-mail link to the Moment-to-Moment Optimism blog. Join in the fun of spreading your optimism and making it GO VIRAL!!!