Life has not always delivered on my wish lists, but I have never for any prolonged period doubted that there would be better times. Often I have been able to describe my circumstances as "never better!" Yet I know there are people for whom that phrase represents a forecast rather than a review.
This is a (yet another) great time in my life. My children are healthy and successful, we have just moved into a lovely home in a great city, and my new job is a great opportunity. Outside of me losing a few pounds and the Cubs winning a few more games, my wish list is pretty short these days. I am very aware that the main reason I am so optimistic about the future is that, generally speaking, the past has treated me pretty well. Optimism is easier to maintain when it has a good track record.
Those of us for whom hope is a regular feature of life need to find ways of spreading hope. I know I take my own hope and the reasons for it for granted. This is one area where I have never been better, but I want to be.
"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.
Nothing can be done without hope and confidence."
-- Helen Keller