Optimism, Week 4

We will be continuing our discussion of Optimism during our lessons this week.  We’ll be considering how a positive mental attitude helps us respond constructively when we make mistakes.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below:

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today, and make a new ending.”  — Maria Robinson (author)

Once we have done something, we can’t go back and undo it — make it as though it had never happened.  We can’t really “take back” something bad that we have said, no matter how many times we say we are sorry.  But we all make mistakes, and we can certainly try hard to fix them.  We can start a new ending.  If you are doing your pattern, and you make a mistake, you can start over again, and do it correctly.  You can keep practicing until you get your pattern correct — you can fix your mistake.  Keeping a positive, optimistic attitude when we make mistakes helps us to fix them, and make a new ending.

Discussion Questions:

1)  Why is it important to try again if you mess something up?

2)  Is it easy to admit when you have made a mistake?

3)  If at first you don’t succeed, try again — do you think this is a positive attitude?  Why?

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