Someone, sometime back told me the difference between an Optimist and a Pessimist's view of an event.
That definition bugs the heck out of me. It makes being an Optimist feel like a sorry state of being. Why? Because of that word "Surprise."
Who doesn't love a surprise?
Who doesn't like to be surprised?
I can not tell you how many times I've pondered it, wondering if being one or the other is wiser. My conclusion: Even if I am sometimes disappointed, I would rather be optimistic. To that end, I'd like to share with you one of the most inspiring things I do for myself each day.
TED Talks are short--15ish minute long--presentations by dynamic doers, thinkers, speakers sharing ideas on a huge range of topics of global interest. Contrary to most other talking we hear, Ted Talks are informative, interesting and almost always positive. Those I have listened to feature people trying to make our world through science, social interaction, literature & art, better. I've listed a few of my favorites below. For a complete list of talks click here: TED Talk Topics
Parents, Teacher, Librarians:There are also TED Talks for Kids!
TED Talks are FREE!
You can watch TED Talks on your phone, Ipad, Computer, or listen to them on your commute (although I must mention that many include visuals worth seeing, so some things do get lost with audio-only.)
What is TED?
Get this! There is even a TED Prize! (I just learned about this incredible Million Dollar prize!) "The TED Prize is awarded annually to a leader with a creative, bold wish to spark global change. By investing $1 million in a powerful idea every year, the TED Prize accelerates progress toward solving some of the world's most pressing problems."
YOU COULD WIN A TED PRIZE!
YOU COULD NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR A TED PRIZE!
Like me, YOU CAN LEARN HOW OPTIMISTS ARE WORKING TO MAKE OUR WORLD A BETTER PLACE.
Winner of the 2017 TED Prize is Dr. Raj Panjabi, Founder and CEO of Last Mile Health, most notable for his work on the ebola virus. Dr. Panjabi's wish is to train locals to provide heathcare in remote communities. I couldn't find a TED Talk by Dr. Panjabi yet, but he will be revealing his plans for fulfilling his wish at a TED conference in April.
And, to hear past winners of the TED Prize and be inspired and excited by them and their WISH, click!
It begins with a Wish! Don't you love that? A Wish for our planet! A Wish for humanity! A Wish for a cure! For a solution! A Wish for the future!
That "difference" between Optimists and Pessimists noted above, might be true. Maybe Pessimists are surprised more often--surprised by what Optimists dare to WISH!
Cue Jiminy Cricket: "For when you wish upon a star your dreams come true..."
A Better World Playlist:
- Ryan Gravel, "How An Old Loop Of Railroad..."
- Elizabeth Gilbert, "Your Elusive Creative Genius."
- Shane Koyzcan, "To This Day...for the bullied and the beautiful."
- 31 Days of Ideas from TED