Pollyanna Part Two

If pessimism can and should be challenged, is optimism the antidote?  Yes … and no.  Stating the obvious, it’s a high bar to expect someone of pessimistic disposition just to change up.  … And, perversely, a pessimist is likely to feel pretty pessimistic about his/her chances of attaining optimism!

Naïve optimism, pollyannarism, can be damaging too.

Pollyanna Part One

It’s hard not to be impressed by Volodymyr Zelensky’s optimism.  Or Ukraine’s generally.  They face such odds … and yet he – and his people seem infected by it – continues to broadcast hope and confidence and optimism.  For him it’s when Ukraine prevails, not if it does … [To read more, click on title]