All the chatter with the political campaign drives me crazy. Everyone says they have the only answer, they are the only positive choice, and the opponent is a miserable human being.
Is this how we decide on who will run a company? Do you slam the competition when you interview for a job? It sounds ridiculous in those terms, but that’s exactly what the presidential candidates are doing. Watching too much of the political stuff can really drain your glass.
Is your glass half full or half empty?
This week, a friend commented on my Facebook page that my cup is always half full and someone else suggested overflowing. I can’t deny that I look on the positive side of things. It does, however, take work.
I don’t surround myself with negative stuff. I avoid the commercial news. What I read is inspirational – biographies, success stories and information that enhances my life, not depletes it.
When you choose to be an optimist, you can spot negativity a mile away. You don’t get sucked in. You can see through the negativity to something deeper. I can’t say I’ve done a lot of this with the political campaign, but I will before I vote.
Learning to be an optimist helps you make sounder decisions. You aren’t swayed by the emotional tide someone else as created. Instead optimism opens the door for you to follow who you choose. There’s a freedom, a lightness, a sense of peace in learning to be an optimist.
Warning: People don’t always like optimists. They think you should get caught up in their drama. You should believe the negative stories they’ve been telling themselves. They want you to this so you’ll validate their point of view. When you don’t, it can be a little uncomfortable. Believe me I’ve been there.
A theme has arisen in the month of January I didn’t expect. You have a choice. You can choose to follow the negative messages, or you can choose to become an optimist. Which do you choose?