According to a Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey published on Sunday, November 10, 2012, forty-five percent (45%) of Likely U.S. Voters feel that America’s best days are in the past, but nearly as many (43%) think they are in the future. Twelve percent (12%) are not sure.
Or put another way, roughly one-half of the U.S. population sees the glass half empty, while the other half sees the glass half full.
I don’t know what the historical averages in the U.S. are for optimism/pessimism, but as an optimist, I find these numbers disturbing.
Clearly, we are a divided country politically. Now I learn we’re a divided country attitudinally.
So what can you do?
Take 100% personal responsibility for your thinking.
Take 100% personal responsibility for your actions.
Take 100% personal responsibility for your interactions with others.
I’m optimistic about my own future.
I’m optimistic about the future of America.
And I’m willing to be encouraging to the glass-half-emptiers so that America’s best days still do lie ahead.
How about you?
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