Amy Rees Anderson

An optimist’s way of viewing one step forward and one step back

“Optimist: Someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it’s more like a cha-cha.”

That may just be one of my favorite quotes I have heard in a while. Maybe because it incorporates being optimistic and dancing, and everyone who knows me knows how much my family loves being happy and we love dancing 🙂

In all seriousness it is such a great reminder of the fact that we can choose to view things in a positive light if we want to. It’s all in the way we choose to think about a situation. If any bad situation we have the ability to stop and try to think about what positive view we could possibly take. By choosing to do that we can completely change our thinking, which will ultimately change the emotions we are feeling from negative to positive. But it has to start with changing our thoughts and finding something good we can focus on.

“If you focus on the possible when you experience difficult situations, YOU CAN positively change your outlook, reduce your stress, and concentrate on achieving things that otherwise may not have been possible.” Catherine Pulsifer

The Optimist Creed   

Promise Yourself…

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud word, but in great deeds.

To live the fact that the world is on your side, so long as you are true to the best that is in you.

-JD Larson

And the next time you feel like you went one step forward followed by one step back start swinging your hips as you see yourself doing that cha-cha!

~Amy

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