Setting Your Outlook
By Steve Goodier
A man who fell off a skyscraper was heard to say as he passed the 12th floor,
"So far, so good!" One might say he was an optimist.
I believe in optimism. I believe that there is great power in an optimistic
attitude, especially when it is grounded in reality.
The late Brian Johnston, a well-known British broadcaster, demonstrated the
power of an optimistic outlook. He delighted millions of listeners with his
radio programs. He was also a top-class cricket commentator and enthusiast for
the game. He once said, "I am a great optimist. Every time I go to a cricket
match, I think it is going to be the best game I have ever seen. Of course, it
never is, but what pleasure it gives me in anticipation!"
Is he simply playing silly mind games? I don't think so. Imagine how much more
we might enjoy a meal, a book, an outing, a concert, a holiday -- if we think
these just may be the best we have ever experienced! A strong, positive outlook
can make all the difference.
The poet writes: