by Glory Eshareturi
So much of life is about perspective. Is the glass half empty or half full? Depends on who you talk to. The person who sees the glass as half full is someone you would call an optimist. These people tend to see the good in everything, they are ever joyful, and always have a smile on their face. Their opposites are pessimists. These are the people who seem to have a constant rain cloud hanging over their heads. Nothing is ever right or good enough, and they firmly believe their optimist counterparts are living in a fantasy world. Why can’t they wake up and see things as they really are?
All labels aside, the truth is we all have good days and bad days. Everyone of us runs into walls of decisions to make, relational tensions, and unhappy days. But there is a secret to living an optimists life and it all boils down to choice.
Have you ever looked at one of those images where it could be a rabbit or a duck depending on how you look at it? For many people, you can only ever see the duck and you might get frustrated when someone tells you they see a rabbit. But once you take the time and really focus, you can see the rabbit in the photo too and once you’ve seen both, it is possible to go back and forth between the two, choosing which one you want to see.
When it comes to being an optimist or a pessimist, it can vary by situation but it all comes down to what you choose. How you feel about your job, how you feel about yourself, how you feel about your current situation: These are things that are all your choice! So if you have a thought in your mind that’s along the lines of “This _____ is the worst! It’s not going to change and things won’t get better.” It’s time to take a step back and think again.
When negative, pessimistic thoughts arise here is something you can do to change them: Think the opposite of your original thought and dwell on that positive opposite for a solid minute. (Set a timer on your phone if you have to!) Once you have that thought burned into your mind, you have made the switch! You’ve successfully chosen a positive, optimistic thought over a negative one. You’re now seeing a rabbit instead of a duck.
What are some of the ways you practice changing your perspective? Let us know in the comments below!