Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Choosing Optimism


Have you guys seen this article floating around Facebook? 

If you haven't...take some time...read it. It's worth your time...I promise!!

I have read this article several hundred times and each time I find myself nodding in agreement...and mentally high-fiving the author for her self-confidence, unapologetic happiness, and decision to focus on the positives in life. 

If you know me, you know that I am the kind of person that needs/likes to discuss and talk about all my "ah-ha" and "I totally agree moments"

So this week I decided to link up with Deb at Deb Runs...for her "Wednesday Word" 

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 This week's word is Optimism...because, how perfect is that? When I read the above article I just kept thinking about how truly important it is to be optimistic...to think positively...and to find the good in YOUR life. 


I am 100% guilty of focusing on the good on social media...

Is it because I am perfect?

Is it because my life is perfect?

Is it because I want everyone to "think" my life is la-di-da 100% amazing all the time?

Is it because I am hiding the bad on purpose in an effort to make others think I have it all?

No, no, no, and no again...

I am not perfect...my life is not la-di-da wonderful 100% of the time...let's be real...no one's is...

but I CHOOSE optimism...I choose to find the silver lining...I choose to focus on the good in life. I want to be happy...I want to spend my time thinking about and talking about all the good things in my life and all that I have to be grateful for. 



I'm a firm believer that positivity breeds positivity...positive thinking brings positive things...happiness brings about more happiness...choosing to enjoy what you have instead of being upset about what you don't have...it just makes life better...plain and simple. 



 Optimism is a choice...a choice that often leads to happiness and contentment. Looking at the good in others and in the world isn't always easy...but boy does it make life a heck of a lot better. 

When I read the article above I felt like the author had to justify WHY she only posted the good things...why she didn't share all the times she felt down or didn't look 100% perfect in a picture. 



Unfortunately, social media is one of those things that perpetuates comparison and envy. Why is it that other people's happiness  affects your own?

What someone else posts (or doesn't post) shouldn't affect how YOU feel...unless of course you feel happiness and joy towards them and the good things in their life...because then...go ahead! This world needs more happiness and joy...celebrate it! Celebrate the people who share their joy...celebrate the people who CHOOSE optimism....the people who CHOOSE to focus on the happy.

Do bad things happen to me? Yes...do they happen to everyone...yes...but it is all in how you CHOOSE to handle them.
 I CHOOSE in those moments to remain optimistic...to remind myself that although in that moment I may want to stomp my feet and cry out "life's not fair" that I do in fact have SO much to be grateful for.

2 comments:

  1. I think it's natural to share the good -- on FB and everywhere else. And with the FB memories feature, if you share a bad day now you may be "remembering" it for years to come.

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  2. Great post, and very thought provoking. I go to social media to relax and when I see Debbie Downers posting how miserable their life is, it turns me off. I know that none of us have a perfect life, but I prefer to focus on the good things that happen - perhaps that's the optimist in me! :-)

    I'm so happy to have you join us for Wednesday Word! Thanks for linking up!

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