I am not, by nature, an optimistic person, though I wouldn't go as far as saying I'm a pessimist. I have to fight really hard sometimes to see the positive in a very difficult situation, but I try. I've gotten a lot better about it over the years - I think having children and being changed by their innocence and wonder has helped with that.
As my husband and I have faced many difficult happenings over the years, there are many lessons I've learned about the beauty of staying positive and clinging to HOPE. The following are a few instances in which being optimistic has really paid off.
*Being optimistic about our move to PA, away from family and friends, helped ease us into our new life. Though it was very difficult, trying to find the positive aspects of our move really brought closure to the previous chapter of our life; and gave us hope for our future.
*Being optimistic and praying for guidance when our business starting going downhill after a really really good year has led us to places of trusting in the Lord we hadn't known before. It was so easy to want to give up and think bad things, but we pushed through and saw the positive. It's also led us to cling to each other, strengthening our relationship and bonding us deeper than ever before.
*Being optimistic while facing difficult extended family situations has led to a deep examination of heart, a realization which has helped to handle things a little better, and a humble reminder of the fact that we are all called to love and serve people, no matter how difficult it may be.
The beauty of having an optimistic attitude is that it can be used by the Lord in so many ways, and counteracts the use of pessimism by Satan. It's an aspect of JOY and does in fact kindle the flames of HOPE. It calls us to LOVE. It reminds us to PRAY and TRUST in God's infinite mercy. And being optimistic just feels better.