Attitude, after all, is everything – Optimism:

Optimist: Person who travels on nothing from nowhere to happiness.

“The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser – in case you thought optimism was dead.”

Is there any proof that optimism leads to better results?
Walter Isaacson  says, “[Steve Jobs] taught himself to stare without blinking so he could talk people into things — they called it the reality distortion field….He would make people believe they could do the impossible, which is why he was such a charismatic business leader.”

Is Optimism detrimental?

Generally, ‘optimism’ is not detrimental but is a good positive mental attitude.

However, blind optimism, obsessively optimistic, optimism with arrogance, irrational optimism, etc. can backfire on the individual.

In philosophy, ‘optimism’ can refer to ‘optimistic’ on the existence of god and going to heaven after physical death. The non-theistic would then be taking a ‘pessimistic’ stance in contra to this sense of ‘theistic optimism’. This theistic optimism can be detrimental to humanity arising from the excesses of theism.
Further debate on this subject would be too philosophical and hence full stop here!

I took this image without any planning in mind; Just a casual shot while I was desperately looking for some creative photographic subject. Then I searched for some suitable text and came up with these inspiring quotes/words and a story to back up optimism. All credit goes to those great people who shared the original thoughts.

The story is so old that hunting peacock was legal then… Don’t skip, read on!!

Optimism – A short story:

There was a king who once went to the jungle for hunting. He was accompanied by one of his ministers. While the minister was trying to arrow down a peacock, he happens to hurt the king’s index finger unknowingly. The king turns very furious. He decides to maroon the minister deep in the forest. Doing so, he starts off to his palace. On the way, he encounters some tribal inhabitants. They immediately take custody of the king and prepare him for a ritual sacrifice. While just about to kill the king, one of them notices the king’s bleeding finger. He informs this to all his fellowmen. They then let the king go, saying that an incomplete life can not be given as a sacrifice to the God.

The king realizes that the mistake committed by the minister has now saved him. He goes back to the minister, narrates to him what had happened, apologizes and thanks him. The minister being very optimistic says that it is he who has to thank the king for marooning him. Bewildered, the king asks what for he is thanked? The minister replies that if he had not been marooned by the king, the tribal would have killed him for being perfectly healthy.

Saying so, the minister concludes that there is always something good in whatever happensLet’s look at the better part of things.

Earth Day – Apr 22 2012

We all talk of killing time, while time quietly kills us:

Time is an equal opportunity employer.  Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day.  Rich people can’t buy more hours.  Scientists can’t invent new minutes.  And you can’t save time to spend it on another day.  Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving.  No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow. ~Denis Whitley

The clock that started ticking from the very moment we took our first breath in this very world will cease for sure one day. According to the Hindu culture, it is said that we all have been allotted particular amount of time, to live, to achieve what we want in our life. Effective time management is one of the most important factors for succeeding in life. You know, Time is like the wind; it lifts the light and leaves the heavy. One of the most common causes of stress is not having enough time. We all talk of killing time, while time quietly kills us. We have no other option except to take control of our time through some effective time management skills to reduce stress and increase productivity. Here I reproduce some of the effective writing on time by some unknown greats that attracted me most.

Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course?
Each of us has such a bank. Its name is TIME.

Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to a good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no over draft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no drawing against “tomorrow.” You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success!

The clock is running!! Make the most of today.

To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade.
To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.
To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who just missed a train.
To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask someone who just avoided an accident.
To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal at the Olympics.

Treasure every moment that you have! And remember time waits for no one.

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.

Clocks slay time… time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life. ~William Faulkner

Miracles of Music powers – Music Therapy:

Six-year-old girl responds to Music Therapy after being in coma for 60 days – A true story:

We all know that music therapy is an interpersonal process in which a trained music therapist uses music and all of its facets—physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic, and spiritual—to help patients to improve or maintain their health.

The music which is being presented in the therapeutic sessions does the difference on patients. Classical Music is a direct experience before being transformed into thought and feelings. It acts as vibration, which does the wonder on patients. The results are proven scientifically, many scholars have published research papers on this. Music therapy is a complementary form of medicine, in few situations it functions as alternative medicine too.

Here is a proof of above claims as published in a local news paper “The Hindu”, Chennai India recently:

Six-year-old girl Radhika born to a fisherman in Kerala was admitted in an unconscious state to the intensive care unit of a hospital on May 30, 2010 after suffering from a comatic brain injury caused by an accidental tightening of her neck by a shawl she was playing with. Radhika lost sensation and memory, suffered from respiratory problems and was in need of ventilator support. Doctors lost hope on her survival as only medicine and intravenous fluids kept her alive, but she was in coma.

After trying every mode of treatment Doctors resorted to music therapy and searched Google and Yahoo extensively the suitable therapy and fed her with low, soft, instrumental and Carnatic music.

Listening to music over an earphone, Radhika began responding slowly – first by opening her eyes, then being attentive to music, smiling in between, and then responding to her name. After Radhika took her first step out of bed after two months, Doctors are happy and are planning to discharge her only when she is able to walk entirely on her own.

“Music is the art of the prophets and the gift of God” – Martin Luther

ONE PARAGRAPH THAT EXPLAINS LIFE!

Arthur Ashe (1943 – 1993), the legendary Tennis player and Wimbledon champion was dying of AIDS which he got due to infected blood he received during a heart surgery in 1983. From world over, he received letters from his fans, one of which conveyed: “Why does GOD have to select you for such a bad disease”?

To this Arthur Ashe replied:

“The world over, 50 million  children start playing tennis, 5 million learn to play tennis, 500,000 learn professional tennis, 50,000 come to the circuit, 5000 reach the grand slam, 50 reach Wimbledon, 4 to semi final, 2 to the finals, when I was holding a cup I never asked GOD ‘Why me?’. And today in pain I should not be asking GOD ‘Why me?’ ”

“Happiness keeps you Sweet,

Trials keep you Strong,

Sorrow keeps you Human,

Failure keeps you humble and Success keeps you glowing,

But only Faith & Attitude Keeps you going…”