I AM AN OPTIMIST...
Monday, July 20, 2009
I was watching a Lifetime movie tonight... my husband made me turn it off. He thinks all those girly movies (especially Lifetime) are a huge waste of time. He told me to turn on something that was less a waste of time like Spongebob. What? Seriously?
I believe it was almost a couple months ago now when Michael J. Fox's "Adventures of an Incurable Optimist" first aired. I recorded it on DVR and I chose to finally watch it tonight instead of Spongebob. Good choice, Sarah. Like I don't see enough Spongebob every day with my kids!
Well, for anyone who hasn't seen this documentary it was very uplifting and very true. Being optimistic is a state of mind. He took us through farm country, the remote country of Bhutan, talked to Lance Armstrong, interviewed Cubs fans and more... all on the topic of optimism. At one point, Michael was playing golf with Bill Murray and he said something along the lines of, "If I could do everything then there would be no reason for hope."
Right after he said that it made me think of a song we sing in church. It's actually my pastor's favorite song... and when he really likes something he has a tendency to totally wear it out. So, needless to say, I've gotten to the point where I barely hear the words to this song anymore. I know that sounds terrible... I'm just being honest. Anyway, the song is called Through it All. And the last line of the verse is similar to MJF's quote about hope. "I thank Him for the mountains, I thank Him for the valleys, I thank Him for the storms He's brought me through. For if I never had a problem I wouldn't know that He could solve them, I wouldn't know what faith in God could do." If we could do everything we set our mind to - perfectly, the first time - why would we have a need for hope? If I never had a need or a problem, why would I ever go to God in faith to fulfill my needs - to give me hope, to give me joy, to give me strength?
Am I an incurable optimist? I like to think so. Just because someone is an optimist doesn't mean they don't struggle or have bad days or even get crabby at times. We are all human. But I do believe that I expect great things - from myself and from others. I believe in myself and others - even when they don't believe in themselves. My husband frequently tells me that I believe that the impossible can still be done. He says he's a realist. I say that's actually a pessimist. How in the world did the two of us end up together? lol. Cuz he needs me! I'm the one who's always pulling him out of a hole when he feels down - all need to do is give him a very convincing speech about what he can do and how I'm here for him and how if God is FOR US who can be AGAINST US... the encouragement is usually just the thing he needs. My life is like this in so many ways. Sometimes I do believe that impossible things really are possible. See, many times when something is labeled impossible it's only because other people deemed it that way. Why?
Did you try many times before SP to lose weight? I did! Have you maybe fallen off the wagon a few times SINCE coming to SP? I have! Or maybe you're even hanging off the back of the wagon right now - being dragged through the dirt by a rope... and it's ready to break... and you'll be left behind. I have BEEN THERE. So why am I here right now? I believe that since God is my strength and He has given me JOY UNSPEAKABLE that I can continue on no matter what. This allows me to keep on going and be optimistic even when the odds are against me and no one else believes I can do this. WE ALL CAN DO THIS. It's just a matter of how hard you are willing to work for it and how badly you really want it. I can hear the grumblings of some people right now... "I have _____ and my doctor said I won't be able to lose weight or it's going to be really slow." Well to you I say - Know what? Three years ago I went to a reproductive specialist because I just KNEW that I had Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and that it had contributing to my weight gain - and it was causing me to have trouble losing weight - and a whole host of other health problems. That doctor told me that my best bet was to get gastric bypass because I was not going to be able to lose the weight on my own. He took away my hope. I really believed what he said and it caused me to allow myself to gain even more weight. Last July I put aside those words and allowed hope and optimism to swell up in me. Well LA-DI-DAH - here I am at 40 pounds down and I am not giving up for anything. Even things that SOUND impossible can be done!!!
So, are you an optimist? Whether you are or you aren't, let's keep this in mind.
"If I could do everything, then there would be no reason for hope." Nothing positive ever came out of being negative. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Some people like to show optimists in a bad light. But I say to you, without hopes and dreams - how will we ever get anywhere in this life???