I usually don’t post a blog on Tuesdays, nor do I like to write over 500 words (this is 568), but I heard something on the radio yesterday that had my thoughts whirling. I was on my way to a doctor’s appointment, when a filler-news-story reported on the latest research study.
Do you mean to tell me, that I have been retraining my brain to think positive instead of the worst case scenario, for nothing? In fact, according to the news article, I’m now at a greater risk for death! Who knew!
See, I was right all along, and I should be worrying about future events that have not happened. I knew I needed to have a sour attitude about all the bad things happening in my life and in the world, instead of being grateful for the good. Now I’ve gone and shortened my life span.
A quote from the article states:
“Our findings revealed that being overly optimistic in predicting a better future was associated with a greater risk of disability and death within the following decade.”
The two words in red particularly jumped out at me. Do they mean anything to you?
Furthermore, the article uses words such as, unrealistic optimism, overestimated and underestimated. Can you understand why these particular words stand out? It never ceases to amaze me how misleading the media can be. They are describing extremism, not optimism. Am I the only one who understands the concept of balance?
If we overly do anything, we are unlikely to get a favorable outcome. If we overeat, if we over drink, if we oversleep. Or, we underestimate how much something is going to cost. Or, if we overestimate how good our hair might look in the color lime-green. If we are unrealistic in thinking we can fold our arms and blink to get our wish, like Barbara Eden, we probably won’t see an optimistic end.
Another quote from the article says, “Pessimism about the future may encourage people to live more carefully, taking health and safety precautions…”
Optimism does not mean we are ignorant morons who don’t understand the realities of this physical world. Just because someone has a positive attitude, or is grateful for what they have, doesn’t mean they don’t take precautions. In fact, I’m optimistic for the very reason that I am prepared.
I don’t understand why, but it appears to me that our media seeks to create a country, and even an entire world of malcontents. After all, in order to be happy, we need to depend on someone else to take care of us, like … say … our governments. They are so much better at taking care of us than we simpletons are at taking care of ourselves. We’re so pie-eyed in our rose-colored glasses that we can’t even see clear enough to prepare. They think they’ve even proved it by paying for a study on the subject.
If I could ask readers to get one thing out of this post, please do your own research and don’t rely on the media. In doing so, please be open to reading all sources, not just one-sided ones.
I wish for this blog post to be over with now. I’m folding my arms …
Hey, how bout that, I can just “blink” and get my wish.