Expectancy // Tales of an Optimistic Puppy

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Dogs love to beg for food. No matter what you’re eating, they will always be right at your feet staring up at you with their sad little eyes. My dogs will literally hear me in the kitchen, and run down the stairs to be at my feet, with hopes that somehow I might drop some food for them to feast on. Recently, I've had a revelation about optimism. My dogs are so optimistic and perseverant. There’s never a time when they don’t run under our feet with hopes of gaining a little extra treat for the day. They constantly carry a mindset of expecting something good to happen, even if it doesn’t always go their way.

This is what an optimist does: they beg life for good things and they live in expectancy for the good things to happen. Even when they don’t get what they were hoping for, they’re still content anyway. They still choose joy. I truly admire the optimistic characteristics that my dogs carry, and I wish that for my own life.

On the other hand, we have the pessimists. Pessimists don’t bother getting up for the good things because their minds are set that 9 times out of 10, the bad will outweigh the good. What pessimists fail to realize is that sometimes those good things come when you wait in joy and expectancy. I say expectancy not in a sense of having everything handed to you. Instead, expectancy meaning awaiting for new doors of opportunity to open, running after your dreams, expecting that all of your hard work will pay off.

If you are consistently choosing joy and are regularly expecting great things to come your way, you will find that the good starts to outweigh the bad. Solely because you changed your perspective on life. Therefore you must persevere. In general, good things don’t just fall into your lap, but they especially don’t when you choose a life of negative thinking.

Most people who get to know me will see the pessimistic traits that come along with my personality. This is an area of my life in which I have always struggled. I have always thought practical, realistic thinking and pessimism walked hand-in-hand. That’s not the case at all. If your reality is joy and living with expectancy, your realistic thinking will be nothing but good. Your REALITY will be joy and fun and love. You will begin to dream, help, encourage, just because you decided that your "practical thinking” is positive thinking. You can have it all. You can be level-headed, with your head in the clouds. All you have to do is flip that switch, and say yes to a new way of thinking.

My desire is to get to a place in my life where I can hope and dream and live with optimism. I want an attitude like my pups, eagerly awaiting the good things that are ahead. I will choose to look ahead, and not behind. When life gets tough, I will persevere. I hope you feel the same.

Would you consider yourself an optimist, pessimist, or a realist?

// kenzie

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