Not sure where to put this one so chose the "random awareness forum" ---
I was reading an article the other day about choosing optimism. In the past I have seen in myself, and observed in others, the tendency to equate optimism with either blissful ignorance (translation: you're too out of it to even REALIZE how hard life is) or some sort of Pollyanish hype rooted in an inability to deal with the challenges of real life.
I am part of a profession that is generally characterized by cynicism: he/she who is most cynical and detached somehow gets the prize for being the wittiest, smartest, etc. I fell prey to this for a while myself.
But now I see optimism as a sign of bravery. A choice that defines a mindset. And if EVER you need to make a choice about your mindset, it certainly comes into play when you are talking about changing food and lifestyle habits.
The more I focus on happiness and optimism, the less I feel chained to bad food habits of the past. The more I choose to be hopeful, the less panicky I feel when I make mistakes or allow myself to eat a little too much.
Would love to dialogue with others about this effect and keep encouraging each other to be brave.
| Pounds lost: 11.2