To Live Openly And Purposefully

Cynicism is an easy out.  Looking for the good in life, in people, and in our circumstances requires much more effort and intention.  A positive attitude and outlook must be cultivated, nourished, and maintained.  Cynicism, on the other hand, excuses us from trying.  It closes us off to possibility.  With optimism comes the potential for…

Fear Is A Choice

People who want us to be afraid will go to great lengths to ensure that they get what they want.  What they want, however, should not be factored into our sense of happiness, contentment, or peace of mind.  If we allow them to manipulate, distract, or agitate us, they have already won.  Worse still, if…

Expecting Happiness

People will disappoint us.  This is part of life.  Sometimes it will be the people we know and trust.  Other times it will be people we have never met, but in whom we had some degree of hope, faith, or confidence.  The common factor is expectation.  The greater our expectations, the more we have the…

Worthy Of A Good Life

There is no prize for being the most cynical person in the room.  No one is going to celebrate us because of our unhappiness, especially when it is self-imposed.  People do not think more highly of us when we play the victim, complain, or criticize others over and over again. We will not be remembered…

The Gift Of Optimism

Optimism is a gift.  Some are born with and some must learn to create it within themselves and the world around them.  It has the power to light up our lives and the world at large.  But, optimism is easily tainted, lost, or stolen.  This world can prove to be a challenging place to maintain…