Everything is a little better today.

Can you feel it? The sky is a little clearer, the days a bit brighter. Alt Text is post-ier. With all the energy and attention being placed on the inauguration of Barack Obama and al of the expectations placed upon his Presidency, it is easy to see why some of my friends facetiously call him “the savior”. It is is also why so many people will be disappointed. President Obama can not, nor should he, bring about all the changes people want. He haas promised to be a President to all Americans, not just the ones who voted for him. That means that all of his decisions will not be well-regarded from the progressives. They have to get used to that. But with this new President I have confidence that things will be considered and thoughtful and believe that America’s best intentions will be served.

For me, today feels good. There is a return to hope and to optimism and to reason in the capitol and yes, the country today. Happy Obama Day, everyone!

Hi my name is Ben and I am an optimist.

Hi Ben.

I don’t know why really, but I always believe that things will work themselves out in the end – on a small scale: this burnt toast won’t taste too bad and on a larger scale: yeah, I think that racist ideas are becoming more scarce.

These ideas may be naive of me, but I have always looked on the sunny side of life. Always on the sunny side. Tomorrow will be better than today. Next year will be even better than this year. When I die I think things will be ok. Normally ideas like these are derived from an underlying belief system, and I guess that is true for me. It’s just that I don’t know what the belief system is. For many people a faith in a god of some sort delivers this sort of outlook on life. I can’t say that this is the case for me. God and I aren’t on speaking terms really, but if we were, I don’t think I would have too many kind things to say to him in any event.

So where does this optimistic viewpoint find its roots in me? I am open to suggestions.