May 28, 2017

Optimism

I tend to be an optimist. I see possibilities aligning with the facts. I may long for the ideal, yet I accept my reality. Here is an example.
My middle son is not a morning person. This is reality. In fact, he would say, “I am not the get-up guy.” My morning routine consists of prodding him awake. Sometimes pessimism kicks in a bit and says, “He won’t get up on time or in time or any time.” But, most days I encourage myself with “We will do our best.” After all, what more can we do?
My middle son also has Autism Spectrum Disorder. This is reality. In fact, I knew it before the early intervention evaluator confirmed it when my son was almost three. My routine consists of prodding him toward awakening. Sometimes pessimism kicks in a bit and says, “He won’t move forward one step at a time, only two steps backwards.” But, most days I encourage myself with “We will do our best.” After all, what more can we do?
My middle son will live his life–his getting up and his moving forward–with his dad and me. This is reality. In fact, we wouldn’t have it any other way. My routine consists of prodding others to wake up. Sometimes the pessimists say, “This is co-dependence.” But, most days I encourage myself with, “We will do our best.” After all, what more can we do?
Because I am an optimist. I see collaborative possibilities aligning with dependable facts. I adjust my ideology as I accept my reality.
Every day, I say, “We will do our best.” After all, what more can we do?

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13 NIV

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