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October 22, 2021 |

WHAT IS OPTIMISM?

What is optimism? Am I an optimist? Is it believing that everything is going to be okay despite everything? To hear those brave doctors on TV telling us that the country’s situation is improving and choosing to believe them? I say YES. The COVID ordeal has kept me in the light – is that optimism? To have faith, to believe that the best always happens? I could have been carried away, light as a feather with the guardian angel carrying my heart to Heaven. But I am still here this morning, my coffee cup in hand checking the ink in my Lamy pen’s reservoir.

 

I’m the type of person who hopes, who believes that the future will bring us good things in all areas of life. Scientists, researchers, creators and optimists provoke Fate. They often steer it in a certain way so it happens faster. Even I have done the same; I have provoked my destiny, and happily so. At the end of each year, revisiting my priorities and my to-do list, I would prune the ones that were the most insignificant in order to strengthen the most important. My eyes have always been bigger than my stomach, and I liked to take big bites out of this fabulous future.

 

And now, as I grow older, desires fall away from my lists. They lose their ardour and interest in what they may have achieved. Their numbers become smaller, even if I am acutely aware that I haven’t succeeded in all areas of my life.

 

I have not fully assumed my womanhood, celebrating my femininity, strengths and aspirations. I have never known the happiness of sharing my life with a true soulmate; a loving, sincere and compatible companion.

 

I did not get close enough to my divine source. And I have struggled too often in total darkness. Forgive me, great Creator above. I have not written as many books as I would have liked and I have lacked conviction in my writing skills. 

 

But I am an optimist, and I dare to believe that I will have enough time to patch up the missing squares in my life’s quilt. Optimistic, I visualize to my right a future so bright that I cry with joy. And to my left, I see only a past painted with gold dust.

 

Yes, I exaggerate, dear reader, but optimism is like a big rubber band. It goes as far as you want to stretch it. So I never feel completely down or discouraged because optimism protects me. It protects my physical and mental health. A tiny bit of good news fortifies my body, a sunrise stirs my energy, a smile or even a little wink of the eye sparks joy. Émile Coué (1857-1926), a French pharmacist and psychologist from the beginning of the 20th century, advised his clients to repeat this optimistic message out loud 20 times a day:

 

 "EVERY DAY, IN EVERY WAY, I AM GETTING BETTER AND BETTER"

 

I read the Coué method from end to end some 30 years ago and I used to discreetly recite his mantra everywhere, between meetings at the office, sitting on the plane, lying in bed, walking… And his invaluable advice has been ingrained in my head.

 

"Actions and emotions that create a sense of wellness are good for your health." I read the other day in a serious French magazine. And that's what prompted me to talk to you about optimism. Even if the famous Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) considered optimism as an illusion essential to the survival of civilization, I dare to think that optimism is a precious character trait almost essential to the full development of the great potential within us.  

 

You know what, I’m going to start reciting the Coué formula out loud again, in the morning calm of the kitchen. Who knows what might appear to me? A Beau Brummell perhaps?

 

EVERY DAY, IN EVERY WAY, I AM GETTING BETTER AND BETTER.  

EVERY DAY, IN EVERY WAY, I AM GETTING BETTER AND BETTER.

EVERY DAY, IN EVERY WAY, I AM GETTING BETTER AND BETTER.

 

     Cora

        ❤️

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