Ditching pessimism

I was born in 1932 and grew up with all the fear and negativism of adults who had just experienced the great depression and were living in ignorance of people that were different from themselves. Fortunately at an early age I learned there has got to be a better way to live and act than the ways we were existing.

Although our world has changed, that learning appears to be just as true today as then.

In 1970 F.M. Esfandiary published the book Optimism 1, which I read. He helped me understand pessimism and provided the ground work for growing from a pessimistic foundation to a view point of optimism and hope. I am grateful every day for making that change, as it helps me live with all the bad things that continue to happen today and to appreciate the good things that are also happening.

Happy New Year.