Monday, June 27, 2011

An Optimistic Return

Hello Optimists,

My apologies on such a long break from the last post. I was sure it would be easier to maintain a posting schedule of sorts after the last few busy months of work and events, but things don't seem to be slowing down! I hope you're happy to hear that I have not forgotten about OO, and to be quite honest, I have missed writing and posting a lot.

I have, however, been thinking about the principles established here on OO (as I do almost everyday!) and even though I have been away from the blog for a little bit, I can say that I still have been noticing many signs of optimism around me. As you know, these signs seem to follow me and pop up in the most unexpected of places, but I welcome them at any time or place.

This weekend I made a trip back home to visit with some of my family. It was great to be able to spend some time with my parents and to see some cousins that I hadn't seen in quite some time. My mom and I got the chance to get some quality cooking and shopping time in...that's what we do best, especially when we're together, so I think it's safe to say we both enjoyed the weekend. But before I hopped on the highway, my mom and I went on one last shopping trip to a retail store whose sales were supposed to be pretty great. Unfortunately, I couldn't find anything that really caught my eye - until my mom pointed something out to me.

I was looking through a rack of clothing when my mom said, "Hey! Look at what this ad says!" and she pointed to the sign right above my eye level. It was at this moment that my shopping trip went from being quite dull to being much more fun. I pulled out my phone to snap a picture of the ad so I could share it with you here.

I know the reflection of the lights is a bit distracting, so if you can't make out the words, here is what it says:

"A positive attitude is something you're born with. It drives you to always do your best, both on the court and off." -Kim Clijsters

I agree that it is something you're born with - but I think we're all born with it - and we just need to take the time to cultivate this attitude and make it a part of life. Even the most negative of personalities has positivity buried deep inside of them. It was there from the start, but maybe it just hasn't been given the chance to come forward and to make it a part of life. No matter if you're a tennis star or not, you can sure relate to this message.

I felt great after seeing that sign, as I just love when little reminders of positivity pop into life. The weekend as a whole went by quickly, as it seems to when you're having fun, and before I knew it, I was back on the road and heading back to my place.

Along the way another little sign passed me by. As I was driving, a van passed that was covered in an ad for Lipton tea. Now, this wasn't a commercial vehicle that was delivering or transporting the tea, it was a domestic Dodge minivan, wrapped in a big green and yellow ad. A little strange.

As the van passed me by, I took one last glance at the striking green and yellow colors and noticed the logo and tag line on the back windshield. "Lipton Tea - Drink on the Bright Side" was gleaming in the sunlight. I had never before seen this ad and certainly have never heard this tag line from Lipton. I just smiled and chuckled to myself as the van moved on, but I couldn't stop thinking about the message.

You never know where little reminders of optimism are going to pop up. And for the rest of the ride, I couldn't seem to wipe that little smile off my face.

Keep Smiling,

4 comments:

  1. Great Post!!!!!!! Left me with a smile...... Missed your Optimistic point of veiw!!!!Glad your back!

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  2. Often I think the world around us tries to beat us into submitting to negativity and many succumb. It's a fight and a struggle that we should never give up on.

    Last week I took the tour of Zappos.com (thanks to you sending me the Delivering Happiness book I learned about this cool company). I'm writing about it this week on my blog.


    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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  3. Never apologise for not blogging, blog without obligation and keep that optimistic attitude Vanessa! We all have a life outside blogging at least I hope we do and loyal and interested readers will still be here.

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  4. I agree with Lindy. I know I will always keep coming back.

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