Shawn L. Bird

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Pessimism in action January 31, 2011

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Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. – Helen Keller.

Noticed this quote on a board at Curves the other day. It made me consider different angles to that, and I came up with a quote of my own:

Pessimism is the despair that leads to failure. – Shawn Bird

If you have a negative outlook, if you don’t believe that there is something good coming in your future, nothing good happens for you. You become mired in your own misery and hopelessness. If you can find hope, and believe that even if things are bad now, that there will be a brighter day coming, then you have the vision to get through the hardship.

What happens when your brain chemistry isn’t letting you get there? If you can’t find the joy and hope, you may need a little help. Your brain is probably not producing enough ‘happiness hormones’ for you to have a positive outlook. Bring on the anti-depressants!You can change that and open up a world of possibility. See your doctor. There is no need to be miserable!  Some people think anti-depressants are for the weak, but depression is all about chemistry, it’s not about will or strength of character.   You wouldn’t think you were weak if you needed nitroglycerin for your heart or anti-rejection drugs for your transplant, so why on earth should you feel bad if you need drugs to adjust your neurochemistry? 

Work with your doctor.  Take the drugs.  Don’t wallow in despair and misery.  Find the optimism that will give you the faith and hope in a positive future that will allow you to achieve all you can achieve in life.


2 Responses to “Pessimism in action”

  1. Sara Dyck Says:

    “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” – Hamlet =)

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