Great Acts & Small Deeds

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“Great acts are made up of small deeds.” Lao Tzu. In the Optimists’ Manifesto, element #5 is that Optimists Do Stuff. This quote is a classic example of the need to recognise that even little steps count. It is not only big gestures or actions that matter. Choose some action that will take you even the smallest bit closer to your goal…then do it.

Look for the Sun!


"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out." John Wooden - UCLA Champion Basketball Coach. This is a lovely example of Optimism Manifesto element #4 (and several others!) which is that Optimists 'Look for the Sun'. On a beautiful, blue-sky day like we are having in Melbourne today, that's not difficult.

Weather or Not!


As a resident of Melbourne, the weather is always a major topic of conversation. I can hear my interstate friends now: “Not happy with the weather in Melbourne? Just wait 5 minutes!” We’ve also just come out of Cup Week, where the impact of the weather rises to a climactic high…the track; the dresses; the footwear! It struck me the other day, as

Creation boosts Optimism!


‎”Twenty years from now, you will be far more disappointed by the things you didn’t do, than by the things you did.” Mark Twain. You might not get it right, first time, but you can’t correct what you don’t create. Optimism is often boosted more by creation than contemplation. That doesn’t mean that we should THINK about things, deeply and often.

Words have Power!

I’m fascinated by the difference between using the word ‘positivity’ and ‘optimism’. Both seem to be at the same end of the spectrum – the opposite of negative. One, however, has an action imperative. To be optimistic means to look for the good; to seek out the optimal solution. It implies that we will DO something to improve a situation.