|Just a little introductory post.
||[Apr. 5th, 2007|02:36 am]
Hi. I noticed this was a particularly small group, so I thought it'd be polite to introduce myself as I-- well, pop up suddenly in your posts, replying!|
Tonight especially I was thinking about how I tend to see things differently from my peers, and I decided to search a bit on livejournal, and that's how I found this group. I didn't see any rules about who could join, and considering this is all about optimism, I figured I'd probably be welcome here. :)
My roommates and I were watching things together, and I commented about a character, how nice and positive she was. One of my roommates said to me, "No one that nice exists. Really." I think that's a horrible lie, and it kind of has me a little bummed. I know it's not true, for sure, but it's a little sad that someone would honestly believe that. I suppose it's not surprising, but still.
Optimism to me is not about filtering experiences, or turning blind eyes; it's not about being naive or getting taken advantage of; it's not about pretending or existing to be torn down. It's being able to look at anything and see something positive about it. It's not about never being depressed, but always realizing there is something good in any situation. It's not about having it all, but appreciating what you do have. It's not lies or experiencing things from a distance.
I've come to realize I'm a bit of the odd man out in general, but I realize there are a good number of people who feel the same. And what luck, they -do- band together and form groups! ;)
So... I suppose as a wrap, I'll give a couple cheery reminders:
Sniff flowers when you go by them. Appreciation is something we need more of.
Smiling at strangers is more helpful than you might think. Some people don't get smiled at often by anybody, and that's not right.
Kindness is contagious. Even if it's just bringing somebody a cup of soup or getting a door for them when they bring in the groceries.
Some people might knock efforts, but you never know when even the tiniest one will mean the world to someone who needs a pick me up.
Anyhow, it's really nice to find this group, and I hope to share ideas and the like with you all. I realize I might be a bit on the fluffy side (oh dear), but optimism comes in many flavors. Nice to meet you!