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The Advent Calendar for Optimists 2020

"Christmas Day is the festival of optimism." (Helen Keller)

There's a new entry each day with a relevant quotable quote for optimists, a bible verse and an activity.  You may get your daily Advent reminder by email or whatsapp message or social media - email advent@centreforoptimism.com and let us know how you would like to receive it.  

There's some beautiful Advent music in the ABC's program "For the God who Sings"

Day 3 of Advent: Tuesday 1 December 2020: 

Quotable Quotes

Billy Graham, Evangelist 

"I am an optimist not because I blindly hope - all evidence to the contrary - that somehow everything will work out all right. Nor am I an optimist because I believe in man's unlimited ability to solve his problems. I am an optimist ultimately because I believe in God." 

Bible Readings

James 5:8 You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.

  Matthew 9:29 "According to your faith be it unto you"

Bible Verses for Optimists and Optimism

Activity for Today: Ask Yourself  "What makes you Optimistic?"

Asking this question is at the core of The Centre for Optimism's work and research.

Ask yourself this question "What makes you Optimistic?"

What makes you believe that good things will happen and that things will work out in the end?

Take a piece of paper or use the keyboard and record your answer “What makes you optimistic?”  

Is it the opportunities to come?  Life experience?  Positive family and friends?  Your mindset?

If you’re ready, share your answer in our million voices of optimism project.

We’ve collected thousands of answers and there are no repeats - each of us has a different set of reasons to believe all will be well in the future - that things will work out.

Amongst our favourites, is a neuroscientist’s answer "Optimism is the evidence for the dreams yet to be realised.”

Or a journalist’s “Optimism is our best chance to be alive instead of just live.”

Make this a regular habit.  Some people read a daily optimism affirmation and answer the question on a daily basis.  We’d recommend once a month - set aside 15 minutes.

Asking yourself this question helps you look to the future with a more positive and optimistic lens.  It makes the present happier.

The science says it’s likely you will be happier and healthier.

If you share your optimism with others, it’s likely that you will lift their spirits. 

And if you ask them what makes them optimistic, you will be even more infectiously optimistic.

Optimists on their Optimism Kindness and Optimism

Most Reverend José H. Gomez,  Archbishop of Los Angeles

"Above all, let us try to make Christ present in the hearts and lives of others. Yes, we have to be, each one of us has to be a source of hope and optimism for other people. What a beautiful Advent and what a beautiful Christmas we will have if we really have the joy of knowing that we are disciples of Jesus Christ who came to save us and to make us happy. "

Rev Kenneth Padley

"Hope is optimism. Hope is certainty. And hope is engagement. That is why we hope with expectation of the future, trust in Christ, and patience in waiting. Christian hope is bigger and better than we can begin to conceive. But in Advent, the season of hope, we come close to catching a glimpse."

Rev. Dr. J. Barrington Bates

"Jesus showed an unquenchable, confident optimism—even in seemingly dire situations. And he commanded us not to fear, but live in hope."

St Michaels with St Marys in St Albans  The Advent Wreath on Tour 2020 at Prae Wood School

Fr Dave Austin osa

"Advent opens us to the ‘refreshment’ and ‘renewal’ of the Christmas celebration – two more ‘Christmas words’ perhaps, expressing God’s optimism for each of us in our human living and his gift of hopefulness that we so badly need. On this Gaudete Sunday, St Paul’s words from Philippians 4 should ring in our ears: ‘Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice! The Lord is near.’"

William Willimon

"For some, Christ's [second] coming is terrifying. Old verities give way at his arrival. Those who make their living by the status quo do not rejoice when the status quo is threatened. Caesar trembles, empires topple, and the earth shakes. For those tied to the old age and its gods, its armies, its delusions of immortality, its false securities, the arrival of the Son of Man is bad news. `Apocalypse now,' cry the prophets of doom. Let us put away these prophets, close our eyes and speak optimistically of tomorrow. But those who have watched, who have heeded the signs, who have never made peace with the status quo, who have lived as if there were no tomorrow prick up their ears, straighten, stand on tiptoes. The Anointed One comes, their redemption is near and the world's doom becomes their deliverance".

Thomas Merton

"The certainty of Christian hope lies beyond passion and beyond knowledge. Therefore we must sometimes expect our hope to come in conflict with darkness, desperation and ignorance. Therefore, too, we must remember that Christian optimism is not a perpetual sense of euphoria, an indefectible comfort in whose presence neither anguish nor tragedy can possibly exist. We must not strive to maintain a climate of optimism by the mere suppression of tragic realities. Christian optimism lies in a hope of victory that transcends all tragedy: a victory in which we pass beyond tragedy to glory with Christ crucified and risen."


Monsignor Sabino Vengco Jr.

"Our present life is a matter of what is still to come. At no point is it everything already, nor is everything there. Our life is about birth, growth, and maturation; there is even fullness expected in the end of life, in death, into what is eternal. There are depths and dimensions in one’s life and in the world at large still to be discovered and explored, forces to be unlocked so that life can be brought to its full potential. Creation is in progress and its plenitude and completeness are waiting: an optimism that is an essential component of Christian faith."

ADVENT REFLECTIONS 2019 Notre Dame Catholic Church Kerrville, Texas

"God imbued us with some innate desire to look to the morning sun, to find optimism in the new leaf, and through it all to know that He loves us and will never abandon us."

The Very Reverend Dr James Rigney

"John the Baptist blends simple moral instruction on how to live in this climate of expectation, with words about the coming of the more powerful one. John is the route to Advent optimism."

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