Optimism. It can make or break you.
By David De Leon
Is your glass half empty or half full? Your answer to that simple question has an everlasting effect on your daily routine and interaction with other people. In my experience, more specifically as a waiter, it is extremely difficult to not let other people’s rudeness and lack of manners not plague your mood.
The lack of common courtesy you can receive from people is simply stunning – simple mannerly things that most of us learn as infants and young children, such as when requesting something, adding a “please” and a “thank you,” or referring to an elder as a ma’am or a sir. Or looking at someone in the eyes when you speak to them or even just requesting something instead of demanding it.
The next time you come upon an opportunity to cheer someone up with a basic greeting to acknowledge their existence, it can do wonders for their morale.
By the same token, if you are having a day that is “down in the dumps,” that does not give you the right to spread your misfortune and depressing mood to everyone. Take a step back and realize that tomorrow is a new day.
You will have another opportunity to achieve your goals, and you will have another chance to have a good day. And if for some obscure reason you do not get that chance, you sure as hell do not want to waste your last days being pessimistic about everything.
Just keep everything in perspective. If you wake up on the wrong side of the bed and are slightly grouchy, listen to a song that you know will put you in a good mood.
Try “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen, and if that does not do the trick, well, then my friend, your issues definitely are beyond my counseling.