A-to-Z 2015 O is for Optimism

Optimism is looking at what you have, the situation you are in and finding the good in it. Grandma certainly had grounds to complain if any one ever did. Granddaddy retired from the mines on disability and Grandma had severe osteoarthritis. But Grandma always looked at what she had and not at what she did not.  It was definitely a much simpler time and life-style. I know my kids would be “bored to death” if we lived like my grandparents did.  But I always managed to be occupied when I spent time with my grandparents. I enjoyed helping Grandma cook, sew and quilt. Granddaddy taught me how shoot, milk cows and set dynamite. They both had so much to teach me, to teach all of us. And if they ran out of things for me to do, Grandma always had a Zane Grey novel for me to read. Of all the things I learned from Grandma,  I think one of the most important of these was optimism.

Helen Keller on Optimism

Helen Keller on Optimism

15 thoughts on “A-to-Z 2015 O is for Optimism

  1. Celine Jeanjean

    Learning to milk a cow, to shoot and to set dynamite sounds like something I would have LOVED as a kid. That would have been a lot of fun.
    And yes optimism is so important, if you look at things positively, better things will tend to happen to you than if you have a negative outlook on everything (at least that’s what I believe)

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    1. shawn

      It was literally a blast (sorry, I had to 🙂 ) Yes, I strongly believe that a positive attitude and outlook are a couple of the keys to having a happy and productive life.

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  2. Pottsy

    I’m really intrigued as to why you were setting the dynamite (this being a completely unimaginable British childhood pastime)

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    1. shawn

      The spring in the upper pasture was running dry and Granddaddy thought if he opened up the crack in the mountain that it came from, the water would run more. He was right. 🙂

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  3. fillyourownglass

    I believe optimism is the key to unlocking our happiness. Having a positive outlook not only affects how we feel, but how we treat others as well. Sounds like your grandma was a wise woman. 🙂

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    1. shawn

      She was indeed. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Attitude, point of view, and frame of mind, how ever one looks at it, is key to being happy and productive.

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  4. Alex Hurst

    Optimism has served me well in life! I have been willing to take chances on people and places that I otherwise wouldn’t have, and am living a much happier life for it. 🙂 Great post.

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  5. Susan

    It’s so much better to be around someone who believes the glass is half full (or overflowing) as opposed to half empty (or dry). There’s so much negativity in the world already, who needs a drop more?

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