Best of all possible worlds?


The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is so. James Branch Cabell 1879-1958

What would we call ourselves in this day and age? Cabell could never imagine how technology would have such a huge influence in our world. The fact that we still have optimist and pessimistic thinking, although many things have changed since the late 1800’s, reveals this mind set can be a heart matter.

Do we suffer with anxiety no matter what the circumstances are that we are dealing with? Or can we see things that are challenging and trust that somehow they will be resolved in a positive way? A surviving cancer patient who suffers pain everyday stated, “Life is hard yet I only have two choices, I can be happy or I can be sad, I choose to be happy.”

We have much to be thankful for in this world we live. It is true we live in the best of all possible worlds at this very moment in time. It is also true, as things are drastically changing, that this may have been the best of all possible worlds.

Shall we be proactive and use our gifts and talents to make contributions once again that are positive to help change this world? The good news is we can be part of that optimistic thinking that can make the best of all possible worlds! Now is the time to decide how we can help keep it that way.

2 thoughts on “Best of all possible worlds?

  1. Very true. We can be happy in whatever circumstances we find ourselves or we can be sad, angry, afraid, etc., we often have control over that part of our lives. As Christians, we understand that our suffering while on this earth is usually part of God’s greater plan for our lives because we have something to learn that will make us a better person. For me, I try to make a connection between the trial and the lesson I am suppose to learn. I can usually see the reason for my trial, it helps me to have optimism during the suffering because I know my pain is for my own good and that my Heavenly Father is always there to help me through it.

    • Thank you for your comments they blessed me. I agree, even though trials are like tests, and sometimes I don’t ace them even when I studied hard. Sad but true. It is nice to know we are all learning and can share our knowledge with each other. You have a lot to share in many ways.

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