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Optimism pays a lot

india Updated: Mar 21, 2011 23:38 IST
Parambir Kaur
Parambir Kaur
Hindustan Times
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Famous cartoonist Bill Watterson’s character, Calvin, makes a meaningful observation, while flying at the height of one mile over an unknown city, saying, “One of the remarkable things about life is that it’s never so bad that it can’t get worse.” He fears that his grip might loosen over the balloon or a jet may suck him in but in spite of this his words speak volumes about his optimistic stance. He is still alive and stands a chance of landing on earth safely!

Being able to find something to look forward to, even in the worst of situations, is the hallmark of an optimist. It is said that one should always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. A person with an optimistic outlook can make the best of even the worst situation.

Attitude may be considered a very small part of one’s total personality but it makes a great difference to the quality of one’s life. Having a positive approach, a low level of expectations and staying busy with constructive work etc., makes life fascinating. A positive mental makeup gives one infinite possibilities to excel in life. One can develop the habit of celebrating small victories and accomplishments. Failure is never the end of the road; it rather paves the way for success.

Helen Keller, who was deaf, dumb and blind but an optimist to the core, was able to attain what sometimes even a normal person can’t. She became a known writer and it is due to her efforts that people and governments became sensitive towards the blind, deaf and dumb. She suggested, “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.”

Planning things in advance also helps in avoiding disappointments. That gives one the kind of direction needed. Instead of just worrying about something and imagining the worst, one can face the situation straightaway. American author and poet, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, has so rightly suggested, “Say you are well or all is well with you; and God shall hear your words and make them true.”