We interrupt this week’s optimist message for a minor crisis of philosophy

by Rebecca A. Watson on February 12, 2010

in balance, continuing education, habits, optimism

A few weeks ago the big boss at work said I was too happy. And a few minutes later someone used the adjective “bubbly” to describe me. Between the two I was mildly disturbed, but I let it go.

Since then I had been wondering (especially in my quest for balance): Is too much optimism a bad thing? Can it be used as a defense mechanism? Is it synonymous with delusional? In other words, is denial more than just a river in Egypt?

I know it’s “normal” to be sad sometimes. But I never said I was normal. I’ve just been wondering if maybe, in my journey toward the less extreme, I should consider being less optimistic.

As if to answer my question, a coworker put a quote from Mahatma Gandhi in front of me yesterday:

Keep your thoughts positive, because your thoughts become your words.
Keep your words positive, because your words become your behavior.
Keep your behavior positive, because your behavior become your habits.
Keep your habits positive, because your habits become your values.
Keep your values positive, because your values become your destiny.

I still have the question in my head, but it made me feel better. Thanks Gandhi!

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