Burden of Optimism

I returned from office thinking about the happenings of the day. My mind was very tired and very hungry; of course I had a bad day. I entered in my room, and there were no lights, it was darkness all around.

I sometimes think that what do I expect from my life, just happiness or is there more to it????? Long back I pondered  this and gave it a thought in the form of my post Work and Happiness. But right now I feel so much confused that how do I explain to people the true meaning of happiness, either they are fools or I am crazy. When someone in an attempt to save his job, life just plays with you or anybody; will he trying to be happy in his life, or will he be living with a fear of losing his job. I don’t know how many of you can understand this statement. When you make the latter described attempt, with my thinking you are searching more than for what happiness requires, and this turns out to be lust, greed and illusions of this mundane world. Can somebody just do anything when he lives in this illusive world??and Can somebody be optimistic when he lives with the people living in the illusive world. Is it not going to be a burden to him to be optimistic while living amongst those people?

It is very difficult to be intentionally optimistic, may be easy for you, but not for me in some cases. When you know that the person is going to use you for his purpose what will you do, will you be keep getting used for the sake of following optimism, or will you also enter into the great world of politics and diplomacy and then move on to the ruts left behind by that same person and will just make them deeper for someone else like you to follow. I have chosen the first one, and I am feeling the burden of it. I enjoy being optimistic, but the easiness of being negative just attracts me so much that I can’t help it. At that instant, I feel optimism as a burden, it goes in my mind like this- “ why to think like this, if we can very easily think like that” , here ‘very easily think like that’ means to be negative, and ‘why to think like this’ is being positive and requires such a strong inner determination that you can’t even express your pain and you have to express your happiness to express pain. I have done it many a times.

There is no threshold limit for being positive or being negative, but is this just my feeling that being positive is a burden sometimes, or it can be as easy as being negative. But if it would have been so easy, why the people around chose to be negative, or are they oblivious to the magic of being optimistic, which in the true sense I also have not yet experienced. When a child comes into this world, he only comes with a smile, not even with a power to comprehend. But slowly, when the brain develops and when he has to make his own expressions the smile changes in to fear; fear of coming second in the race, fear of failing in the exams, fear of not getting a good job, fear of not getting a good girl, fear of losing a job, fear for his children, fear that he would be unhappy, fear of his death.

Do you know, that every thought is infectious in nature, if you will be happy, you will spread happiness and if you will be unhappy you will spread unhappiness. But, the problem comes when there are so many fearful people around and you are trying to be happy. See, by writing this I started fearing that negativity will take roots into my mind because of so many fearful people?? This is the burden of optimism.

Whenever you start feeling the burden of optimism, I would strongly suggest remembering or talking or looking on to the pictures of your girl friend, or wife or sisters or the greatest –mother. You will feel the relief from that burden of optimism, and you will again start enjoying the magic of optimism. I am thankful that I am back into that magic world, and I hope you are right there only.

Image Courtesy:http://top-10-list.org/2009/11/27/ten-ways-to-be-happy/


Chetan Maheshwari

Hello, I am a Project Management Professional, and an author and a blogger by passion. I like good sarcasm and humor. Books, people around me, and nature inspire me, and my blogs and book reflect the same.


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  1. Hey chetan,
    burden of optimism is really one of the best post so far i have read on blogspot,even i was feeling a lot to write about that but thanks your creation is full of emotions,a wonderful writing,simply expressing the moral evils one has to experience through out life,it's real hard to stay positive when everything around you is negative and there's nothing more than a little bit of happiness that a person search everywhere,some fears that hold you back and no one can help you instead of yourself,it's easy to say don't worry,don't fear your troubles but by far more difficult to act on it but i believe no matter how hard life hit you,you have to stand tall,it's not about hitting life back and blame others but taking every blow silently and growing strong everyday,it's not about doing always right in life ,doing what others say and this world believes but doing what your heart truely feels despite of other opinions about good or evil,what we do with our conscience and belief is what's right.......
    love your blog,it's anshay tomar here from bhopal....feel free to visit my blog and give your opinion and help me if i am wrong
    enjoyed your post...take care

  2. Hello Anshay,

    Thanks for the lovely words, i am very happy that you understood what i wanted to convey...actually i was apprehensive whether the post is conveying the message or not, and you relieved me.thanks..

    with this post i wanted to energise myself and others who sometimes get astrayed from the right positive thinking...

    you are right, it's about doing what you feel from your innerself is right, just one needs to make sure that your thinking and your actions should not contradict each other, if one is able to manage this, i think he is the most optimistic person and he is the one who is in real sense in harmony with the nature.

    you are right, there is nothing like good or evil, or social laws blah blah...it's just about your thinking, your opinion and how you treat yourself...if you feel about something as good then it is good, if you feel it as bad then bad, thats all.

    will surely visit your blog very soon and share my thoughts

    keep coming and keep smiling...tc

  3. First, thanks for a lovely post.

    I agree with the part where you said everything is infectious. Being happy is a better choice. The way you concluded how to shed the burden is just superb.

    A wife, a sister, a daughter in me thank you again...

  4. @saru

    thanks for the nice words..so there is a disagreement also...lol


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