Posted: 05/08/2009 in family

last night lizzie decided to just cuddle and crash with mommy in the “fat boy” (what we call our HUGE chair that reclines into an almost laying down position and is almost as wide as a love seat, it’s horribly comfortable).

so we’re stuck in the chair watching t.v. – sometimes this just drives me bananas… but last night, there was actually something interesting on at this time.

adventures of an incurable optimist

i don’t agree with everything that was shown – so please don’t misunderstand me. 

there were a couple of things that really stood out to me. 

he had a dna test done analyzing if being optimistic was something you were born with. it sounds like it is, in a way… it’s a hormonal thing – but it really does alter what motivates you, what makes you successful, the language used in order for you to be successful. if you are attempting a task and you are an optimist and you are spoken to a certain way, you are successful, use those same words on a pessimist and they will fail at it because of the language used. tell a pessimist they will fail and they will overcome and be successful. tell an optimist they will succeed and give them hope and they will succeed. how interesting is that? maybe you knew this already, i didn’t.  

the other thing that struck me was his visit to bhutan. 

bhutan measures gross happiness in their people not gross product like we do… their goal is for their people to be happy – this is their number one priority. everything else follows suit beautifully if this is achieved. (now do i think if we were all just happy, life would be gay and nothing bad would happen and there would be no need for Christ and what he did for us? heavens no, this is the part i want you to not misunderstand me!!!) 

the ultimate focus and my point of writing this is to talk about how they strive for their people to achieve happiness. they focus on relationship building and they start that with recognizing the importance of family! in the sense of prioritizing this… after family comes relationships and friends, then comes community. WOWZA! we, american’s are really missing something here. with our divorce rates soaring, with our same sex marriages being legalized… with us being “too busy” for family dinners… with our lives being so jam packed we have no family time – i’m talking old fashioned family time.  

michael j. fox mentioned that he wasn’t sure if it was the altitude, the altitude sickness medicine, or what, but his symptoms were much less, therefore he was having to take less medication for his parkinson’s, he was able to sit cross legged on the floor and eat dinner in a tent… while he was documenting this film, you can see very plainly that while he was in bhutan you would not have noticed he had parkinson’s disease.  where in all the other parts of the documentary he is constantly moving. i find this interesting. very interesting. 

but more importantly, i long to have the importance of family unity recognized here in our country the same way it is recognized in bhutan. from family centered education to family centered church… 


  1. stampit74 says:

    family – everything in our culture wants to tear the family apart…the generation gap comes around because children spend too much time w/age-mates instead of their family.
    relationships take time, but the investment pays off! So thankful for our family!
    I’m gonna have to look this place up!

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