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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 4 of the Optimists' Advent: Wednesday 2 December 2020
"To know the history of philosophy is to know that the highest thinkers of the ages, the seers of the tribes and the nations, have been optimists"
Helen Keller, the blind and deaf author
John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid."
Activity for Today: Ask a Friend or a Loved One "What makes you Optimistic?"
Ask someone you love and admire this question "What makes you Optimistic?"
Each time you do this, you will lift the person and yourself.
The chances are you are the first person to ask them that question. Most people will pause and respond with a bright and happy answer.
Some will be confused and you may need to prompt them. The definition of optimism is a belief that things will work out in the end. Some people add "if it hasn't worked out, it's not the end."
If you have asked online, you can share some thought starters from "The Optimists on Optimism."
What about capturing it on video? Or write down the answer. Share your answer in our million voices of optimism project.
This is a brilliant regular exercise at any Board, Executive or Team Meeting. Much better than that tedious negative question "What's keeping you awake at night." Other than loud noises, very few things keeps the optimist awake at night.
We don't think it's an every meeting practice - your underlying source of optimism shouldn't change so often; Quarterly or monthly to open a meeting is a very useful way of keeping team spirits up.
Rosol or Rasols
From Victor Perton
In our family, we traditionally have served 12 cold fish dishes on Christmas Eve. Rosols is a salad including herring. It is common to the Baltic states and typically each family has its own variations. There is a mix of textures and flavours in each forkful.
Central to the dish - potato, beetroot, herring and a mixture of mayonnaise, sour cream and mustard. We generally mixed in some chopped roast veal.
After mixing to taste, it’s best to leave it in the fridge for several hours to let the flavours to seep through the dish.
Give it another mix and add sour cream or mayonnaise to taste if needed. The colour of the salad when served should be red-purple from the beetroot.
Fresh cucumber chopped
1 onion (chopped)
200 grams marinated and/or salted herring fillet (sliced or chopped)
2 hard-boiled eggs chopped
Some people add some boiled peas and some chopped boiled carrots, we don't.
1 cup sour cream
1 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons of mustard
Half teaspoon of horseradish
Salt and pepper
Chop and slice all ingredients and place in a good salad mixing bowl.
Mix Mayonnaise, Sour Cream and Mustard to Taste. Should have a definite tang. Mix in to the bowl and mix in gently - you don't want to mush up the potatoes.
Rest in fridge for several hours.
Stir before serving and garnish with something like fresh dill sprigs.