Joel Vernier: One of My Favorite Things is Being an Optimist


"Being an "Optimist," not a "Pessimist!" Positive thinking always feels better and accomplishes more than negative thinking."

By Joel Vernier

I was napping in my "Comfy Chair," and I began to ponder what's important in life.

My thoughts turned to God, Family, Friends, furbabies, and the "Little Things" in life.

As the song goes: "My Favorite Things" by Richard Rodgers is on that list. "Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens. Brown paper packages tied up with strings, these are a few of my favorite things….."

Some of my "Favorite Things" are the little things in life. A kind word from anyone, a warm hug, sitting with my dogs on the couch, walking my dogs. Playing with my grandchildren anywhere, reading to them, and sitting quietly with them. Telling them about their future. Raising my daughter from a baby to adulthood and seeing how her life is going through its successes and challenges. Spending time with my grandparents, parents, siblings, and friends. Thoughts of family and friends that have passed. Praying and spending some quiet time in my faith. Singing to the Glory of God in hymns and psalms. Reflecting on the day as I lay in bed, what the highlights were of the day, what went great, and things I can improve upon tomorrow. The first cup of hot coffee in the morning or a hot cup of tea any time of the day. The taste of freshly baked bread, fresh fruit, or a well-prepared meal.

The feeling of accomplishment in a job well done, whether doing the dishes, shovelling the snow, or any outside seasonal work. Planting a garden and harvesting fresh vegetables. Helping someone you don't know in little ways, opening a door, putting groceries in their car, and volunteering at church or local charities. Doing the right thing and keeping focused on what the right thing is. Losing weight, or gaining weight, whatever is needed.

Keep focused on doing healthy things and improving your lifestyle permanently. Making decisions on issues based on the greater good! Working hard to accomplish something you believe will help people even though it might not be popular.

Focusing on solutions to problems, not being part of the problem or being a victim. There are almost always options.

Being an "Optimist," not a "Pessimist!" Positive thinking always feels better and accomplishes more than negative thinking.

Going to bed with clean sheets. Smiling and saying hello to strangers. Understanding that everyone has a story, everyone is going through something, and everyone has some little things in life they love. Be one of them through your actions. We can make the world a better place one action at a time!

Joel M. Vernier is the author of "The Guinea Pig In The Freezer."

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