Unlike some people you come across who are bubbly, positive, and full of high spirits, I find it very difficult to be that way.
I really need to work at it.
For some reason, I feel very sensitive to negativity, toxicity and gloominess. It's like that stuff sticks, and I really don't want it to.
Then again, I'm also suspicious of overly cheerful people, and sometimes wonder if they being inauthentic and superficial.
Nevertheless, I see having a positive and optimistic worldview as a key life task, a personal development pursuit worth cultivating.
In 2023, it seems that optimism is not just an option, it is imperative to living through these challenging times.
My heart breaks for all those people who have suffered during covid. It has been terrible the needless suffering.
Recently, I've noticed that I waste a lot of my time on unproductive and unhelpful activities like social media. It is great for socialising, and it has been a bit of a life saver over the past few years, but there are some truly nasty people on there, too.
Rather than spreading misery, I want to use my skills and talents to help people.
However, now we are here, my view is that optimism is an important part of healing, feeling better, and being creative.
So I have started the www.optimismcommunity.com as much for my own benefit, as anyone else's.
So Why Optimism?
I don't know about you, but I feel bombarded by negative information.
There is SO much negativity at the moment.
We weren't made to be gloomy, miserable, depressed or anxious, but at all turns, people are conspiring to make it so.
Check the source:
- the mainstream media uses words such as 'disaster', 'crisis', 'overhaul', 'shut down', 'problems'
- social media trolls hurl abuse in the nastiest possible ways
- the government trades in misery, scapegoating people, and communicating in a negative way
- social commentators are largely negative and miserable
It must have a trickle down effect on people.
That's why people walk around looking like they have been shot. It's really bad.
I guess when you are being showered with negativity, you don't feel good, you don't want to look good - you want to stay inside and withdraw from the world. The isolation makes it so much worse.
So Why Optimism Now?
So the reason for optimism now is that it is vital for us.
We need to have a positive view of the future to create and to build things.
We need to have a positive view of other people to make friendships and to make connections.
We need to have a positive view of the material world to value all the things it holds, and inspire us to enjoy products and services.
We need to have a positive view to build and to maintain wealth.
We need to have a positive view to be able to make realistic life choices, and make good decisions.
We need to have a positive view to maintain a decent quality of life and to stay healthy.
Perhaps the simplest reason is this: it feels good to be happy, content, and optimistic.
So Why www.optimismcommunity.com Now?
With more negative economic headwinds on the horizon, I want to be able to have a community of people to face these, and other struggles, together.
I really want to have a more positive force for good in my life. Looking around the internet, I couldn't really see a community of positive, optimistic people that I could join. There are groups which offer insights and things, however, I feel that the are largely top down.
So I decided to start a community: www.optimismcommunity.com
The goal is simple.
First, to provide resources and tools to help build optimism (my own and others). Second, to provide a platform where people can connect and share their ideas life, and look at positive solutions to problems. Third, to lift the vibration of the world and make it resonant with positive vibes.
Through the Optimism Community, I want to counter the prevailing negativity and pessimism that characterizes many societies, by having a positive space for people to connect. Even something small, like a hub for resources including articles, videos, and little lessons where people can get a quick pick-me-up at any time of the day.
To this end, I have a couple of little initiatives starting: a Morning Optimist email, a little piece of positivity each morning, sent to interested people; some courses on optimism (in progress, but not far off), a forum where people can connect; and a load of free resources, and, eventually, a membership group.
Would really love for you to support this community, receive benefits, and even maybe get involved :-)
It's early days, so please don't judge a book by its cover :-)