Is it the same thing to be optimistic and to be hopeful? No they are two different areas of focus and you can learn to be either.
To be optimistic (healthier brain focus) is to see things as isolated, temporary and to not take them personally. The easiest example is usually to compare an optimist to a pessimist. The pessimist says, this always happens to me, woah is me; while the optimist says I can't believe that happened! The optimist sees incidents as isolated events, that happened, where the pessimist has a more pervasive view of this is how it always happens. And the difference of the permanent thinking pessimist, this is how it is, how it's always been, and how it always will be; or the temporary issue, optimist thinker.
I think most of us know the difference pretty clearly, and pretty well of those two, but are less sure of the difference of being hopeful and being optimistic. In fact a lot of people would probably say, being hopeful is part of being an optimist.
But being hopeful is a skill, a strategy, and is something that you can learn, and use. It includes being mindful, and manageable (able to be accomplished), and having goals. Being mindful is that bigger picture view of this is what is happening, and this is the possibility of what it could become in the future. Choosing the goal, I want to be here, or have this, and then choosing the pathway forward to manage the journey to that new place. Mentally travelling to that new place, then creating and adhering to a strategy, a sequence of activity, for moving from current to future.
Safe and happy travels!
Have you checked out Over The Bay Pre-K yet? It's a virtual Pre-K Classroom and it's affordable too!
There are SIX main categories on this blog:
Pre-K / Preschool
Stuff About Me
I work in Early Education, specifically Pre-K and if you need a Preschool, please come check out our Virtual Program, Over The Bay Pre-K. LINK
We know from many studies that the foundational years of learning, and learning to learn are Preschool through the end of Third Grade. And that by the fourth grade, kids that are behind in reading skills, at least half of the curriculum is incomprehensible to them. From the fourth grade forward, kids are reading to learn and if they don't have that reading skill in place, they are falling further and further behind. And I am going to talk a LOT about what that means, and how we help kids get that foundational learning in place.
Literacy skills are about more than reading a word, or sounding it out. It also means being able to "sort it out" know the context, know what it means. For example if I tell you to "put the line over the vowels" and you have no idea what over is, or a vowel, how can you achieve the "simple task".
Homelessness is a wide and deep issue, and ever expanding here in the states, sad but true. And while there are many categories here I focus on the kids, and specifically those preschool through third grade, that are also homeless.
Libraries, these are key points in communities that provide so much more than books to read. And if you know me at all, you know how I love libraries.
And that brings us to the "stuff about me" that's pretty obvious I think. My site, my name, my work, my stuff - it just comes with the territory.
There's a SECRET Seventh Category that will be coming too - and it's all about giving back, and how YOU can help give back too. But shhh that's still very, very behind the scenes.
With my books, tea, and high hopes - until next time!
We know the key to success starts way before school, and Pre-K to the end of Third Grade is the significant foundation for learning success.
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