I’ve always been a glass-half-full person. Anything is possible. Things always have a way of working out. When life gives you lemons – make lemonade!
Where did my optimism come from? Was I born optimistic or did I learn this behavior?
To paraphrase Forrest Gump, ‘maybe it’s a little bit of both … maybe both is happening at the same time.’
Today I want to focus on the learned part of being optimistic. And I want to give most of the credit to my 86-year old father.
Here are some of the things I learned from Dad.
- Anything is possible.
- You can figure it out.
- It’s not that hard, you just have to try.
- Take one step at a time.
Today when I speak with my father he describes things as perfect and very good.
He talks about the other seniors he meets as sharp, kind, spirited.
If and when he complains, he softens it with: it’s to be expected; it’s not surprising; and it‘s OK.
My father is an optimist. He always has been. He always will be.
I learned to be optimistic from my parents – and especially my father.
How cool is that?
Happy Father’s Day, Dad! …. Thank you! … I love you!