In the satirical novel Candide, Voltaire made fun of optimism.
“It is demonstrable,” said he, “that things cannot be otherwise than they are; for as all things have been created for some end, they must necessarily be created for the best end. Observe, for instance, the nose is formed for spectacles; therefore we wear spectacles. The legs are visibly designed for stockings; accordingly we wear stockings. Stones were made to be hewn and to construct castles; therefore my lord has a magnificent castle; for the greatest baron in the province ought to be the best lodged. Swine were intended to be eaten; therefore we eat pork all year round. And they who assert that everything is right, do not express themselves correctly; they should say that everything is best.”
How often do you hide your optimism because you are afraid of being laughed at or ridiculed. I believe that each one of us has created an armor around us to protect ourselves from the hurtful, negative comments others express about positive thinking.
When is our positivism real? Confidence comes from within ourselves. We are the only ones that know what our purpose and possibilities are. Dig deep! Allow yourself to be inspired!