Different people have various perceptions of life. We can rightly say that there are three kinds of people by the different ways they perceive life. The first group find life interesting and worthy of living. The second group see life as being cruel and boring. And the third group cannot really define life – It is neither good nor bad – and see life as a jungle. From these considerations, a strange fact emerges: there are as many worlds as there are people inhabiting our earth.
In the first group, we have the optimist, who always moves about with a positive mindset. Only the optimist always expects only good things to happen and things to always be successful. He feeds his mind upon interesting and refreshing aspects of common life and builds up his philosophy of life from these.
The pessimist (who belongs to the second group) ignores all those things that suggest success, hope and victory. Whenever you question him, he will invariably tell you he does not expect success, hope or victory. But the kernel of the matter is, he has simply shut his eyes (the eyes of his mind) to these virtues and has not brought them into account when reckoning upon the meaning and worth of living.
It is better to belong to the first group and perceive life as worth living. There are two factors that influence optimism: First, you must be yourself and be proud of your personality. American author and motivational speaker Leo Buscaglia, also known as Dr. Love, counselled, “The easiest thing to be in the world is you.”
Science and research have proven that human beings are unique. DNA profiling has revealed that there are no two completely identical individuals in one trillion people. (It might interest you to know that even identical twins have their differences. For instance, how does one identify one from another if they are entirely identical? And their fingerprints are known to differ!). Be yourself?
You are number one; everyone in the world is your number two. The father of animation Walt Disney remarked, “The more you are like yourself, the less you are like anyone else.” Be yourself; who else is better qualified?
Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Do you believe in yourself? Are you proud of who you are and who you are becoming? Are you true to your values?
Be yourself; who else is better qualified?