Optimists are hopeful, positive and confident about the future until there’s disappointment. Disappointment doesn’t turn an optimist into a pessimist, however, in the moments the bright ideals they forecasted don’t match their expectations, there is disappointment. Learning to master our minds to understand that our minds are all we own is the key to eternal optimism, for we can never be disappointed when no external factors control our minds.
The greatest pain felt today, distilled over time, can become the purest truth necessary for where we’re supposed to be later on.
Wanting less frees up mental space to do more. Unnecessary desires and wishes are distractions akin to apps we choose to keep open instead of closing out when not in use. They drain our battery life, but we are unaware of their direct negative impact because they aren’t directly in front of us. They are out of sight, but not out of mind.
It may take great time to fully understand that true happiness is not a comparative measure, and in that moment we also fully understand that it’s been in our control the entire time. This achievement is opulence personified. May we live today showing what we know and by doing so increase the wealth of all we encounter through demonstration.
- Consider one past failing or misfortune that upon reflection ended up being crucial to your current development.
- Make peace with the frustration and pain attached to the past experience, and replace it with gratitude.
For all the pain we live through, we’ll never know the pain we’ve been spared.
Remember back to when you were a child and think about the first career you wanted to pursue: Firefighter, Professional Athlete, Astronaut, Doctor, Rock Star, Super Hero. Luckily, we’re not bound to initial aspirations we spoke as babes. Times change. Aspirations change. People change. Let’s not get too caught up in the things we’ve said, things others have said, things others have written or even done. Let’s focus on what we can control and want to achieve here and now. Future truths are not realized in wishes.
Values are personal. Ideas are universal. A good idea can be uttered by anyone, even someone who is morally bankrupt. Once an idea escapes the lips, it becomes the worlds. It’s up to us to be able to separate the idea from the individual. Don’t waste a universally good idea solely for the purpose that it was birthed from the mind a universally bad person. Continue to focus on making good ideas into great actions.