Archive | February, 2009

Optimism is contagious – pass it on!

20 Feb

Wow, it’s already halfway through February and the newspapers are still not tired of predicting doom and gloom for the rest of 2009! I don’t know about you, but I’m getting pretty tired of it all. We didn’t cause the collapse, we didn’t make millions in get rich quick schemes, yet it’s we who suffer the consequences… something doesn’t make sense.

Do you remember when you were growing up and adults would say be careful what you do for there will be consequences? I just didn’t realize that the behaviors of others would end up with consequences that directly affected me!

Having said this, we have a choice – we can wallow about in the doom and gloom and continue to support the press and the media in their negativity — or — we can spread optimism and kindness. A sappy idea you say? Well let’s reflect on that for a moment. What’s the negativity gained us so far today? People are resorting more to crime when times get tough (St. Petersburg Times Feb 19, 2009), workplace stress and road rage are on the rise, and uncertainty prevails. All negative stuff! While we cannot single-handedly change anyone else’s behavior but our own – we can choose our attitude and our outlook. We can choose to follow the crowd and feel crappy and snarly all day – or we can make a choice to have a good day! I know it’s not an easy thing to face the day without a job or without work when a mortgage is again coming due in a week (I know this first hand!) – but despite the situation I am still living in a free country where the sun shines, the sky is blue, and the air is clean. I have fresh water to wash with and drink, and I don’t worry about the marketplace safety when I go to get food. Sure, the luxuries of days gone by with secure jobs, prevalent contracts, and guaranteed work are not part of life today – but it’s never so bad that it couldn’t be worse.

So, I ask you to simply think about this- why not be optimistic and positive just for today? Smile, be upbeat, and pass it on. Maybe, just maybe, a groundswell of positivism can change things for the better – just for today. And really when you think about it, isn’t today all we ever really have?

Wishing you a positive day with at least one moment to smile about!


Carol Dekkers, Software Measurement and Global Software Development expert, author, speaker. Want to engage Carol to be a speaker at your next event? Email Ms. Dekkers at or or visit for details.

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