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Why I'm an optimist (good stuff inside)



For the past few months (years, really) it seems like there's a 24/7 stream of bad news bombarding us all the time.

Markets, the economy, housing prices, grocery store prices, gas prices, and that whole COVID thing that's still happening.

It's a lot.

So, what do we do?


Do we give in to doom-scrolling and negative headlines?

Or do we look for the bright spots in our lives?

Gratitude and optimism always get my vote.

I don't mean putting our heads in the sand and ignoring what's happening.

I mean actively taking a look around and appreciating the blessings in our lives.

Our families.

Our friends.

Our neighbors and communities.

Our progress.

Our place in this beautiful world.

I think the pros call that practicing "conscious gratitude."


What are you grateful for right now? Can you tell us in the comments?


It's pretty common to hear financial folks like me say "focus on your long-term goals" or "stick with the strategy we built together."

That's easier for some people. They look to the horizon, take a deep breath, and keep on going.

Other folks find the uncertainty of what MIGHT come next challenging.

If that's you, what if we focus on being present and connecting with what's going well right now?


What's good in your world? What inspires you right now?

Can you let me know?

I wish I could tell you it was all going to be rainbows and unicorns ahead.

But it won't be. There will be bumps and rocks and potholes.

But amazing things are coming as well. I'm optimistic about what's ahead and I'm looking forward to sharing it with you.


“Promise Yourself


To be so strong that nothing

can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity

to every person you meet.


To make all your friends feel

that there is something in them

To look at the sunny side of everything

and make your optimism come true.


To think only the best, to work only for the best,

and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others

as you are about your own.


To forget the mistakes of the past

and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times

and give every living creature you meet a smile.


To give so much time to the improvement of yourself

that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,

and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.


To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,

not in loud words but great deeds.

To live in faith that the whole world is on your side

so long as you are true to the best that is in you.”

Christian D. Larson, Your Forces and How to Use Them


Optimistically, Paavan Kotini | CEO & Principal Advisor(O)

804-372- 8307 | (C) 804-916-9751


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