Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Optimism in the Face of Cynicism

This is a continuation of previous posts. I have been sharing quotes from each chapter of a favorite book I've been reading, "Standing for Something" by, Gordon B. Hinckley. This chapter is called: Optimism in the Face of Cynicism

"We are creatures of our thinking. We can talk ourselves into defeat, or we can talk ourselves into victory."

"There will doubtless be challenges of all varieties. No one can avoid them all. But we must not despair or give up. We must look for the sunlight through the clouds."

"Criticism and pessimism destroy families, undermine institutions of all kinds, defeat nearly everyone, and spread a shroud of gloom over entire nations."

"My plea is that we stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight. I am suggesting that as we go through life, we 'accentuate the positive.' I am asking that we look a little deeper for the good, that we still our voices of insult and sarcasm, that we more generously compliment and endorse virtue and effort."

"What I am asking is that we turn from the negativism that so permeates our culture and look for the remarkable good in the land and times in which we live; that we speak of one another's virtues more than we speak of one another's faults: that optimism replace pessimism; that uncertainty and worry be pushed aside by an enduring feeling of hope."

1 comment:

Anderton Family said...

I needed to hear that. Thanks for posting!