O is for Optimism
These days, Lizzie and I are both volunteering at a free meals program for the homeless in our city. This is an act of optimism. It’s not just that we think, with the few hours a week we devote to the program, that we can help make a difference in some people’s lives. Yes, we do think that. It’s also that we exist within a community of volunteers and activists who also believe they can help. So we are surrounded by optimists. More than that—and this is a huge life lesson for both me and Lizzie—the people we serve, the homeless folks—often show themselves as optimists. It’s easy to be an optimist when life is pretty good. Not so easy when you live under a bridge and carry what you own on your back.
I believe that optimsim may be the single most important attitude, trait, behavior, way of seeing and being in the world that I can help instill in my daughter. Here’s the new post, O is for Optimism, at mom.me. Take a look. Comments encouraged!!