Optimism and Pessimism is the Contrast of Life

Optimism and Pessimism is the Contrast of Life

Have you noticed a negative person walk into a room, dispel gloom and suddenly, everyone is in a bad mood?   In contrast, when an optimistic person enters with a smile and positive attitude the air feels lighter.  People who are enthusiastic and excited cause others to experience the effects and animation of their energy.

Pessimism and optimism are both contagious.  Dad comes home in a bad mood, yells at mom, mom screams at the kids, the kids kick the dog, and the dog chases the cat…!  Consequently, everyone is having a bad day.  How do you turn it around?  Positive and negative attitudes are matters of the heart. 

Psalm 51:10 

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”

Practical Application and Assignments:

Vaccination and disassociation can prevent most contagious, communicable diseases.  You can avoid being infected with negativity by inoculating yourself with the Word of God and associating with people of faith as much as possible.  Going to a pessimistic person for advice is like asking someone to help you fail.

  • Conduct a test.  Take time at the end of the day to recall your conversations.  Make two columns and record check marks for positive and negative statements.  You may be surprised at your test results.
  • Eliminate negativity.  Thought patterns can only be broken by deliberately re-programming the “mind sets.”  It is not an instant fix. The process requires determination, patience, and consistency.
  • Look on the bright side.  Is your cup half-empty or half-full?  Is the weather partly cloudy or partly sunny?  Although pessimism and optimism are opposites, there is something positive in every negative.

“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.”  Psalm 19:14

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