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Originally posted by arpgme
reply to post by g0dhims3lf
This is the perfect opportunity to elaborate.
Optimism is more focused on "Hopefulness". An optimistic person is more likely to think in positive future-oriented terms, such as "We can do it!" , "Everything will probably end up alright!", "We just have to stay strong!"
Ophelism is more focused on "Appreciation", seeing the benefits of what is happening in life. An ophelistic (?) person is more likely to think in positive present-oriented terms such as "yeah this happening, but this is benefiting us in this way", "I appreciate this because it helps me in this way", "Well, this may seem like a lot of work - but it also comes with a lot of advantages."
It is just a slight change of perspective for present appreciation/positive thinking by noticing the benefits of what happens now.
I am not devaluing action, either. If you take an action and you succeed, great, you will benefit in many ways; if you fail, even that failure is a benefit to you (it can make you stronger if you wish to try again, and more humble if you were embarrassed of failing - and you know it is ok to make the mistake).
I guess this changes your perspective of life from "life is happening TO me" to "life is happening FOR me" - from the perspective of "life is hard" to "each event in life comes with many benefits if we can see it".
Originally posted by Dustytoad
Lately I have been using another philosophy, which can be summed up in a nut shell... Laziness..
It views life with a wild abandon, and anything is possible, but why use the effort? Something will happen regardless?