Guess what? We are up to the letter O. Once again three words popped in my head when I started thinking of positive words that begin with the letter O. This time it’s Openminded, Optimistic, and Opportunity.
Being optimistic does not mean we refuse to see, or consider the negative, it simply means that we are hopeful for a positive outcome, and confident we will be able to handle whatever the situation calls for.
Years ago my grandmother had a habit of making a wrong turn. As an adult I sometimes think those missed turns were planned. At the time though, I was sure she made a mistake. Whether on purpose or not, she was always optimistic that the drive would be interesting and hopeful we would find our destination sooner rather than later. I learned some of my optimism from her. Plus, it’s easier to be optimistic than pessimistic. For me anyway.
My grandmother’s adventurous driving also taught me to be open-minded. Going down street Jay may not have been our normal route, but Grandma’s logic was, “why not?” Whether it means going a different route, or trying something new. My grandmother taught me to be open-minded and willing to try new things.
Trying new things sometimes leads to new adventures. Several years ago I needed an outlet. Because while I’m basically an introvert, once in awhile I need to be around people. The people in my life seemed to think I was the same person I’d been when my husband had been living. Except, I wasn’t the same.
To meet people who hadn’t known me before I joined a new group, the Toastmasters. I just planned to join them and attend meetings. That’s all, just be a member. Except, that open-mindedness kicked in when someone signed me up for a speech contest. Oh my goodness. I was so scared. But I did it.
That one contest started me on the path of entering other contests. Those in turn opened up the opportunity to speak to other groups.
We never know what opportunities are around the corner. We just need to remain confident and open-minded.
Are you an optimist or pessimist?
Have you benefitted from being open-minded?