I was watching one of my favorite television shows last night, which I had recorded a couple of weeks ago called, “Perception.” In the show, Eric McCormack plays Dr. Daniel Pierce, who has schizophrenia, even though he is a neuro-psychiatrist, who teaches at the local university. Dr. Pierce helps the FBI solve some pretty complex crimes.
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At the end of each show, Dr. Pierce addresses his students with some lesson that was learned from the episode. What really grabbed my attention in the episode last night was the fact that Dr. Pierce was talking about some interesting perceptions that we all share as humans. Specifically, he asked, “Is your glass half-full, or is your glass half-empty?”
Of course, it depends on which view of life you like to take. Either you will answer as a pessimist, one who always expects the worst of any situation; or you will answer as an optimist, one who usually feels hope at future outcomes in life.
This next part in the show really got my attention. Being an optimist or a pessimist is a learned response. That’s right, we choose how we want to be. Babies are not born to be pessimists – they learn this response from their surroundings, parents, teachers, etc. The same goes for optimists! Remember when your parents used to tell you to hang out with people who brought out the best in you, because you took on the personality of those you hung out with? The same goes for adulthood. Choose people who bring out the best in you to associate with.
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When you let go of all those negative thoughts rattling around in your head and heart, you suddenly have room for the positive things to take up residence. What I am trying to say is that you as a person, has the choice every day to be positive about your life. Surround yourself with people who make you feel wonderful. Choose to get up in the morning with a smile on your face and excitement in your voice. Your positive outlook is contagious! Your smile will spread to everyone you meet.
Make the choice today to become more positive! If we do it, it will catch on and spread to all other parts of the world. Check out Ronovan Writes for more on being positive.
Thanks for popping by for a shot of positive! Have it with your coffee and you will smile all day!