Being optimistic

In my last journal, I talked about pessimism, what to look out for and how we can look at being more optimistic.

Being optimistic is important because without it, we can’t function properly. Optimism helps us overcome many hurdles including illness and whilst positive thoughts can be a cure in certain cases, but that must be coupled with realism to work effectively. Optimism and positive thinking can improve our lives in many ways but un-tempered can be detrimental.

For example, someone is diagnosed with breast cancer and decides to decline treatment because she believes the treatment may be invasive and dangerous. She also believes that if she changes her lifestyle, her diet, meditates and uses alternative remedies, she will miraculously recover. She can’t know that until she’s come through the other end.

Having a positive attitude can help with our realities whatever the outcome. In other circumstances, an attitude that is both optimistic and unrealistic may stop us from making those all-important decisions, particularly when it comes to health.

The evidence for using alternative remedies to treat illness alongside mainstream treatment is virtually non-existent, but there is a place in society for both. Where conventional medicine is used to treat illness, alternative treatment often compliments those treatments and can help with some of the side effects.

Dr Andrew Weil has the best response. He believes the cure of all cures, is the healing system whether treatment is used or not. Treatments of course help facilitate healing, but he believes treatment comes from outside, whereas healing works from within.

It would be wrong to refuse treatment in any event if it helps and we can’t know that until we know.


10 Oct, 2010

6 thoughts on “Being optimistic

  1. I agree with you 100%.Being optimistic is important for people with illnesses. It can mean a full life instead of half a life. I think being pessimistic will bring on symptoms rapidly and a downfall, but being optimistic can mean a full life and possibly cure whatever is going on.

    1. Lisa, I think it really depends on the illness or problems we’re dealing with. Being optimistic does help us physically and emotionally heal, but not in all cases.

  2. I have lived with CP for my whole life (nearly 55 years).

    I do not think every day about my CP. It is just a part of who I am, but not the whole package. Being optimistic really helps me day to day. If you believe you can do something 9 out of 10 times you will be able to. I have learned there are many ways to accomplish something. You have to find a way that is comfortable for you.

    Let friends help if you need help. That is what they are there for. Having a support system around you will make it easier to deal with life’s problems.

    1. Randy, I think it depends on the severity of the condition we deal with whether we can do things or not. It is not the same for everyone, particularly around CP. I have never been lucky enough to have a support system around me, but if you do have family and friends who are very much a support, I agree they will help with ‘life’s problems.’

  3. An Optimistic outlook while coupled with common sense is a good viewpoint towards a path to well being.

    I think as you point out all medical choices are personal and what works for one person may not be the answer for another. In this day and age however, there have been strides made in treatments for so many ailments that new age thinking should be applied when making such life and death decisions.

    As you know my wife was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and it looked very grim and yet she kept an optimistic outlook and started a new treatment newly available; well the outcome thus far is miraculous. Her tumors are shrinking and she is on the path to healing.

    It’s been a tough road for her and she feels sick a lot from the treatment but nothing worthwhile comes without some sacrifice. The key is that she has kept a positive vibe going on and it has helped, not just her but all of the loved ones around her and that is what makes a truly great and loving human being.

    1. Absolutely Brian. Positivity helps not only those fighting illness, but those who live with those fighting illness.

      I hope that Maria continues to make strides with her treatment and continues to be as positive as she is now.

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