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September 07, 2005

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Steve Bogner

Hope and optimism help us look through, or past, the current hardships. They give us strength and vision, and that is essential.

My wife came from a very pessimistic family, but over the years has reoriented her world-view (living several hours away from them has its advantages). When we get together for family events now, it is amazing to see the contrasts. The Bogner family is full of hope and optimism, so we kind of stick out from the in-law crowd. And I love it!

Hector

Good for her! (and you...) Optimism can definitely be learned and improved with amazing results. For some people it comes naturally, for others it hard work, but the benefits are worth it. And of course, we can ask for God to help us..

IVE KAST

WE HAVE SO MUCH TO LEARN FROM THOSE WHO ARE IN PAIN RIGHT KNOW. A LOT OF THEM ARE NOT GIVING UP HOPE AND ARE HAPPY TO START ALL OVER AGAIN, EVEN IF THEY LOST EVERYTHING THEY HAD. WE HAVE EVERYTHING , HOME, CLOTHES, PETS ,FAMILY, JOBS, SCHOOLS, TOYS AND YET WE ALWAYS FIND SOMETHING TO COMPLAIN ABOUT. LETS LEARN FOR THOSE COURAGEOUS PEOPLE WHO ARE STARTING THEIR LIVES ALL OVER AGAIN!!!!

Hector

Ive, thanks for your wise comments. At the end of the day, it all comes down to love. We may not have any more possesions, but if we love God and others we will be OK.

elena

i really enjoyed this entry, papi. i read it while taking a break from all the reading i had to do for my classes, and while i was feeling overwhelmed with the whole freshman experience. that entry really helped me put everything into perspective and chill out. life truly is what you make it. i know an extremely wise man who once said "life gives us only blessings and opportunities", and not a truer phrase has been said...

Hector

Elena, I did not make the connection between what I wrote about college/optimism and you.

The greatest gift God gave us is the gift of free choice. We are free to love him or not. We are also free in every moment of our lives, to choose how we respond to good or terrible things. Viktor Frankl chose to live a life of meaning in the WWII prision camps. Anne Frank chose gratitude while hiding in a small room for years. We choose how we respond to the stresses of life, including college life.

I'm glad the post helped you...

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