I am grateful for optimism.
I had the rare privilege of being raised by an optimistic mother, and I am so glad she passed on her gift (or her genes) to me. Do I sometimes lose my optimism? Sure. But overall, give me a chance and I will find the silver lining. It makes David a little nuts, especially when I'm absolutely sure we'll be on time to something, despite the fact that we left 15 minutes late. But believing that something better waits around the corner has given me hope time and time again. And more often than not, I'm right!
President Gordon B. Hinckley said, "Cultivate an attitude of happiness. Cultivate a spirit of optimism. Walk with faith, rejoicing in the beauties of nature, in the goodness of those you love, in the testimony which you carry in your heart concerning things divine." I say amen. The world has its glorious beauties, the hardest trials have their benefits, things are rarely as bad as you think they'll be, and most people mean well: My optimistic viewpoint in a nutshell.