Quoterday – The Massive Defense of Optimism

The pessimist seems to be at the mercy of reality, whereas the optimist has a massive defense against reality that maintains good cheer in the face of a relentlessly indifferent universe. Martin Seligman, Learned Optimism While I like this quote in some ways, I cannot give my full agreement. On one hand, Seligman makes a convincing case … Continue reading Quoterday – The Massive Defense of Optimism

Quoterday – The Curious Correlation of Self-Esteem

Self-esteem seems only to be a symptom, a correlate, of how well a person is doing in the world. -Martin Seligman, Learned Optimism Growing up, school programs and television adverts bombarded me with messages to my self-esteem. "You have to love yourself." "Believe in yourself and you can do anything." "I'm good enough, I'm smart … Continue reading Quoterday – The Curious Correlation of Self-Esteem

Quoterday – Love, Trust, and Suffering

If you don’t tell the person you love of your suffering, it means you don’t love this person enough to trust her. -Thich Nhat Hanh, How to Love This is my defining struggle today.  I struggle to love because I struggle to trust people with vulnerability. Expressions of vulnerability (doled out gradually with gently rising … Continue reading Quoterday – Love, Trust, and Suffering