Sunday, February 14, 2010

What is Optimism?

Every once in a while, I hear an idea that is so elegant that it knocks me off my feet.

My girlfriend recently had an extremely stressful experience selling her apartment.  A couple of days before the sale closed, she discovered that the agent and the maintenance person were negligent.  Paperwork and repairs were behind schedule.  The buyer was threatening to back out of the deal if they weren't completed.

She worked like crazy - up until the last few hours.  She found somebody to complete the repairs.  She finished the paperwork.  Just in time.

We talked after the ordeal was finished.  She told me about her frustrations, but she seemed comfortable . . . even happy.  Then she said this:

I finally understand what optimism is. 
I used to think optimism was thinking that everything will be okay.  It's not.
Optimism is not passive.  It's active.  It is knowing that no matter what happens, you can take the actions necessary to improve your situation.
Thank you for your sharing your thoughts, honey. 

And happy Valentines day.  I'm so glad to have you in my life.