"United We Stand in Optimism"

by: IcY TeMpEr

During the Vietnam War, a combat pilot said, "Optimism and Humor are the grease and glue of life. Without both of them we never would have survived our captivity." This man, by the name of Phillip Butler, was a Vietnam POW (Prisoner of War). For eight years the Vietnamese held him captive. And only one thing saved him from the terror of his prison: optimism. What he said made me believe that optimism is what gets you through hard times of your life. For Americans all over the United States, being optimistic is extremely important during the stock market's downfall and the war threat upon us. I believe that we should stand united in optimism because it helps when people go through hard times, people have used it during the past, and we should never think negatively.

            All American citizens have gone through a complicated situation in some point of their lives. Optimism can be a solution. For example, when I was eight years old, my Dad was rushed to the hospital after a car accident. As I waited impatiently to see him, all I could think of was the worst. But in the end, I told myself to believe that he would be fine. Optimism helped my fears and doubts ease. My story proves that optimism can be a tasteless and odorless medicine.

            In the past, people around the world have encountered many conflicts. In World War II, Hitler mistreated the Jews in Germany and sent them to Concentration Camps. Among the Jews was Anne Frank. In a journal entry she writes, "I've found that there is always some beauty left in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you. Look at these things, then you find yourself again, and God, and then you regain your balance. And whoever is happy will make others happy too. He who has courage and faith will never perish in misery." Despite the fact that she felt trapped, she was optimistic and was thankful for what she had. She believed that there was always hope and learned to live life to the fullest extent. Anne was truly an optimistic spirit. Another example is when Mahatma Gandhi fought against racism using non-violent protesting. He taught his people of self-efficiency and thought that if he and his followers believed that they could achieve their goal, they could succeed. Optimism kept his spirits high.

            Most importantly, we should be optimistic because it is never good to be negative. Negativity leads to worry and melancholy. Being miserable won't do anything at all. Instead of being depressed when a terrible thing occurs, be positive and thankful for what you have because it could have been much worse. For example, The American Health Institute made a program called: 'Theory of Cancer: The Power and Pleasure and Love in Learned Optimism'. It is believed that the majority of cancer patients survive when they are optimistic. It's better to think positively and believe that everything will turn out okay. Optimism is a key out of the gloom.

            I believe that we should stand united in optimism because it helps when people go through hard times, people have used it in the past, and we should never think negatively. If optimism helped other all around the world, why shouldn't it help us? I have used optimism during difficult situations of my life and it helps more than it seems. I think if we can truly stand in optimism and believe that the outcome of everything will be as we anticipate, we might just survive. For all these reasons and even more, we should stand united in optimism.  

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