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A Million Voices of Optimism

We ask people "What makes you Optimistic?"   One of our strategic goals is to stimulate and collect one million voices of optimism.

In this blog collection of optimism on the way to "A Million Voices of Optimism," members and subscribers of The Centre for Optimism can post what makes them optimistic and the answers from people they have asked. 

If you want to contribute to this valuable global resource, please email our COO Victor Perton for a free subscription or support our work by joining as a member.

  • Tuesday, September 07, 2021 5:46 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "My images suggest a #spiritual transformation with radiating energy, the ethereal emerging as a sign of hope and #optimism beyond our physicality. They are like visions, a spiritual awakening."

    Stanley Greening's art has been part of his healing process after his 24-year-old son Louis O'Neill passed away.

  • Tuesday, September 07, 2021 5:43 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "if Frankl and Gotlib are correct, it’s possible to have #optimism in the face of collective #tragedies, comprehend our lack of control over the future, and still kindle optimism about our ability to find connection and purpose."

    Susanna Schrobs

  • Tuesday, September 07, 2021 5:32 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    “From St. Joseph, we can all learn the virtues of maturity, reliability, responsibility, industriousness, integrity, initiative, self-sacrifice, self-mastery, teamwork, optimism, humility, contemplative concentration, and charity in our labor.  He grounds us in the ethical compass of the Ten Commandments and the moral virtues of prudence, fortitude, justice and temperance.”

    Bishop John Barres of Rockville Centre

  • Saturday, September 04, 2021 6:00 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "We stand shoulder-to-shoulder, #optimistic ☺️ about our ambitious common goals to advance #democracy, deliver #justice, enhance #prosperity, and bolster #security for #Ukraine  ."
    I like this statement by #USA President Joe Biden and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

  • Monday, August 23, 2021 6:41 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Senta Lauren says her art embodies “#optimism and excitement of #humanity,” which is reflected in her exhibit’s title, “Defending the Silver Lining.”

    Lauren is motivated “to see the beauty and the #optimism in the world – whether it’s what people create in their farmlands and those landscapes, the heart and soul that goes into buildings, the excitement of people experiencing a sporting event and being surrounded by something that they love and are excited about."

  • Sunday, August 22, 2021 5:58 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    “As we start to look towards 2022 and the beginning of the Decade of Indigenous Languages, we do so with a sense of what could be, and a genuine optimism that South Africans will come to appreciate the richness of all 11 of our official languages, and the power of those languages to help us see the world with new eyes.”

  • Saturday, August 21, 2021 6:14 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Make Nepal an enterprising nation

    Three ways to realize the vision:

    1) Bring a sense of optimism to Nepalis.
    2) Create more faith in our educational system.
    3) Establish an innovation-friendly and inclusive culture.

    Let’s start with an example. A couple of weeks ago, Richard Branson, an English businessman, flew to space as a tourist onboard the Virgin Galactic. Although he is a British citizen, he chose the US to launch his first space flight because the US is driven by optimism. People in America believe everything is possible if you combine hard work, passion, and dedication.

    Here in Nepal, we should first work to bring optimistic vibes among the people. I find a lot of negativity among Nepalis—a feeling that everything is impossible. If we create a spirit of positivity, something progressive can happen here as well.

    Optimism should be backed by education, else it won’t work. Education is not only limited to going to schools, it’s also about how we tune things culturally. We desperately need to build belief in our educational system so that students feel they are creating knowledge. Right now, education is solely focused on consumption of knowledge, and we learn only what has been written in books.

    Instead, education should focus more on creativity and creating knowledge through critical thinking.

    Talking about optimism and education, we should not forget about creating opportunities. We need to establish an inclusive society where everyone has the right opportunity to innovate. Again, let’s look at the US. Elon Musk is South African by birth. Then he went to Canada. Despite that, the US was open to him.

    People should always have equal access to resources. International inclusion is a far-fetched idea for us because we still can’t provide decent opportunities for people living in rural areas inside Nepal.

    So, summing up, we can say that the greatest innovative idea could come up in the mind of a kid from Sarlahi. But because of lack of optimism, education or opportunity, or inclusiveness, he might not get to show his skills.

    I advocate for an enterprising nation because if you imagine the world 50 years from now, people will have to struggle for many things. And the main thing many will struggle for is food. At that time, half of the world’s population could be deprived of food. And to provide for the people of the world, the world will need entrepreneurship. It will rely on what we innovate and how we cultivate. So, why not start building an innovative nation from today?

    Compared to the past, many positive things are happening in Nepal, the demographic shift being the most remarkable of them all. We are a young nation, which means it can generate huge demographic dividends. But if we can’t engage the active population in economic activities, the demographic dividend could turn into a demographic disaster.

    Another positive aspect is that we now have connectivity. This working population should not have to stay in a cocoon the way young people used to a couple of decades ago. They now have access to knowledge, information, and are connected to the global community.

    If you look at the global distribution of economic opportunities, the epicenter has now moved from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian Ocean. Because of this, we can see the rise of India and China. Nepal is not isolated now. We are between huge global markets where half of the world's population lives.

    If we work hard, Nepal’s route to becoming an enterprising nation is open. I believe we have already reached an inflection point, and we are headed in a progressive direction for the coming decades.

    The worrying thing is that we are divided among ourselves. In the name of caste, culture, religion, political ideology, and economic status, we are completely stratified. Because of these divisions, we might face a crisis and a conflict.

    Also, today’s youths get anxious easily. Because of global connectivity, they see how the world is running and if they don’t find the way to chase opportunities, either they will fight or lose out. Sometimes they turn into rebels too. This could take the shape of the counterculture that evolved in the US in the 1970s, or like the students’ protest in Germany after World War II, or like our own Maoist insurgency.

    Despite the challenges, I think it is the power of optimism that changes the world. So I suggest people to be optimistic. And, yes, they should never stop learning.

    There is no shortcut to success. Or, I can say there is no success. I often compare entrepreneurship with art, and if you are doing anything with art—either painting or music—there is nothing like a perfect painting or music.

    You always work to improve and sharpen your skills. So, life is like practice where there is no such thing as perfect success or a benchmark of success. People consider milestones as their success, but once you reach a milestone, you always set up another one.

  • Wednesday, August 18, 2021 6:50 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "The dream of our great nation was built on morality and optimism. Our founding fathers believed that an independent state was a true hope of opportunity for the struggling Muslims of the subcontinent. A dream of a separate homeland brought hope that we shall rise despite our difficulties. Political struggles in Pakistan continue to be scarred by world politics and regional instability. Mohammad Ali Jinnah had envisioned a democratic Pakistan but Pakistan faces the inevitable task of setting up government priorities alongside sustaining its regional demographics....

    Our collective optimism has been a powerful force for our achievements. We have struggled through our turbulent history but the main obstacles in our survival lie ahead of us. Our country is a developing one that requires proper plans and implementation not only in politics but other organisations as well. It survives daily struggles against corruption in different fields. Regardless of the regional turbulence, political turmoil and instability, Pakistanis are a hardworking nation that sustains a great culture and optimism for their independent land. Our hope and courage shield us from the international conflicts and regional instability. Whether it’s our daily endeavours to excel in different fields or our prayers to elevate our artists and athletes during competitions, all the efforts lead the way to move on and celebrate every Independence Day with an enthusiasm that defies all the negativity...

    "There is no better way to celebrate our Independence Day than by doing what we can with optimism, in our own fields for the existence and prosperity of our country. Pakistan’s existence and survival rests above all conspiracies and conflicts, for to lose hope in any way about our homeland would mean a war against all those who dreamed and sacrificed for Pakistan."

  • Sunday, August 15, 2021 6:40 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "I am, in general, an optimistic person. It’s something I attribute to both personality and circumstance—while I may have some natural optimism, the world I live in also generally helps to bolster the idea that good things will happen."
    Tajha Chappellet-Lanier nails it!

  • Saturday, August 14, 2021 7:54 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    “Optimism and hope can be a really great tether, especially in the troubling times we’ve lived through and it’s not necessarily about putting a positive outcome on this future thing, but more about ‘I can do something with the little good I have,’ ” says singer-songwriter Joy Oladokun

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