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Main : Attitude : Optimism

 Stories 
Adrift  (by: Adam Khan)
In 1982 Steven Callahan was crossing the Atlantic alone in his sailboat when it struck something and sank. He was out of the shipping lanes and floating in a life raft, alone. His supplies were few. His chances were small.
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Gifts on Father's Day  (by: Mary A. Aversano)
On December 5, 1998, my son, Jeffrey was in a serious auto accident. He was left a quadrapalegic. From the moment he left ICU, he has shown incredible strength of character and a spirit that has touched everyone he meets.
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Great Expectations  (by: Barry Spilchuk)
Pete Rose, the famous baseball player, and I have never met, but he taught me something so valuable that it changed my life.
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Knock the "t" Off theThe "Can't"  (by: Neil Eskelin)
Recently I took a sheet of paper and divided it into two columns: "Yes People," and "No People." Then I thought about individuals I knew and wrote their names in the appropriate column.
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Lessons from an Oyster  (by: Author Unknown)
There once was an oyster
Whose story I tell,
Who found that some sand
Had got into his shell.
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My Miraculous Family  (by: Michael Jordan Segal)
I never considered myself unique, but people are constantly telling me, "I am a miracle." To me, I was just an ordinary "guy" with realistic goals and big dreams.
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Optimism  (by: Ella Wheeler Wilcox)
Talk happiness. The world is sad enough
Without your woes. No path is wholly rough;
Look for the places that are smooth and clear,
And speak of those, to rest the weary ear
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Optimist, The  (by: Author Unknown)
There is a story of identical twins. One was a hope-filled optimist. "Everything is coming up roses!" he would say. The other twin was a sad and hopeless pessimist. He thought that Murphy, as in Murphy's Law, was an optimist. The worried parents of the boys brought them to the local psychologist.
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Refusing to Accept Failure  (by: Brian Cavanaugh, T.O.R.)
Sir Edmund Hillary was the first man to climb Mount Everest. On May 29, 1953 he scaled the highest mountain then known to man-29,000 feet straight up. He was knighted for his efforts.
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Secret of Jimmy Yen, The  (by: Adam Khan)
A jury of distinguished scholars and scientists, including Albert Einstein and Orville Wright thought enough of Jimmy Yen to vote him one of the top ten Modern Revolutionaries of the Twentieth Century. Yet all he did was teach Chinese peasants to read.
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 Related Resources 

Books
 ++ Learned Optimism
 ++ The Optimistic Child
 ++ The Science of Optimism and Hope

 

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