From The Desk…
of Thomas Ott recently featured An American Girl In Cambodia on his blog. He talks about being struck by my (fairly recent) choice to live as an optimist. I was responding to his post, but thought maybe my readers would also be interested in how I came to make this choice.
In my first post on An American Girl In Cambodia I declared my choice to live as an optimist. This, of course, means that I haven’t always been an optimist. In fact, I spent a long time as a cynical, too-cool-for-school, judgemental, sarcastic and detached type. These phases were peppered with more loving, generous and authentic connections I reached out to become the person I’ve always wanted to become. However, I often felt caught in limbo because wanted to live positively but didn’t know how to put that into practice.
Then I had a major A-Ha moment and a glowing lightbulb illuminated the way. I was listening to Gala Darling’s first podcast in the newly launched Love & Sequins series when I heard her say,
“So, how do you know whether you’re an optimist or a pessimist? The general measure tends to be how you react to failure. Pessimists think that their failures are personal (their fault), pervasive (it’s always like this) & permanent (it’s never going to change). Optimists, on the other hand, tend to believe that maybe other circumstances contributed to the bad thing happening, that this one bad thing is just a fluke & that it will change soon.”