Are you a pessimist? According to an American religious group, God stopped saving people in May of 2011 and today, October 7th, 2015, the world will likely come to an end. I am not writing to mock or defend anyone’s beliefs be they religious, political or otherwise. I just find it interesting to consider what would you do today if you felt it was your last.
First off, I thank you for taking the time to read this blog post when you have so many last minute details to arrange. Perhaps, rather than being a pessimist, you are an optimist and believe that tomorrow will be another day.
What would be your plans if you are a pessimist and thought today would be your last?
Many would act with reckless abandon assuming the law would not have time to touch them while others would focus on the life hereafter and how they would be judged. Would it be too late to make amends?
Let’s put the doomsday scenario aside for a moment.
What I want to point out is that our beliefs present options to us. Being a pessimist will take you in one direction while the optimist sees other opportunities. I lived with cynicism, suspicion, intolerance and a slew of other negative emotions for many years. They gave me a very pessimistic way of looking at life – an unhappy way, a very lonely way, a painful way. For quite a number of years, I have seen the world much differently.
Yes, there are many tragic things happening in the world today. How do you allow them to affect you?
If this truly was your last day on earth, which of those would fit you best? If that is your belief, are you ready to meet your maker?
“When asked if I am pessimistic or optimistic about the future, my answer is always the same: if you look at the science about what is happening on earth and aren’t pessimistic, you don’t understand the data. But if you meet the people who are working to restore this earth and the lives of the poor, and you aren’t optimistic, you haven’t got a pulse.”
― Martin Keogh,