Five days into 2011 I began searching my mind and heart for a word I wanted to use for my personal theme for the year, a word I wanted to focus on for the year. One of my characteristics is definitely optimism. I believe in the silver lining, hard-won lessons, and finding the positive even when it's the smallest fragment in the darkness. I do believe that good ultimately predominates over evil. So, I chose Optimism in 2011. You see it up there in my new masthead and you'll see it there in a different monthly image that I believe represents optimism.
I chose the word because I want to be reminded every day that I have a choice how I look at the world. Optimism is not hope, optimism is action. It is action in thought, belief, attitude, behavior. Optimism is a forward-moving word that is rooted in the heart and branches out through the mind. Optimism is my approach in 2011.