Thursday, December 27, 2007
4 Exercise Psychology Tip # 8: Optimism For The Modern Realist. Or, How to Remain Optimistic Without Annoying The Crap Out Of Everyone Else Around You!
Just in case you think I might've taken one too many happy pills while writing those last few posts, let me just remind you that I'm not your average optimist. Or, rather I'd like to think of myself as practicing "realistic optimism" with a dash of enthusiasm. ;-)
You won't find a fake smile plastered onto my face. No way, *#$&*@#!!!! While I'm into "keeping it real" (for the most part!), I still recognize the value of an occasional escapist moment -- a good sci-fi/fantasy novel, a spark of creative inspiration, a good film, etc. Just because you are happy, doesn't mean you've got to be sipping the office Kool-Aid. ;-)
If it's not already patently obvious to you by now, I don't exactly come from the saccharine, "have a nice day" school of optimism.
And I certainly won't be shouting any overly chipper, cheerleader-like pronouncements. You know the kind I'm talking about, people. Just like those uttered by that fake, dippy woman on Office Space, i.e., the one who glibly walks around telling people they have a "case of the Mondays."
Peter Gibbons: Let me ask you something. When you come in on Monday, and you're not feelin' real well, does anyone ever say to you, 'Sounds like someone has a case of the Mondays'?
Lawrence: No. No, man. Sh*t, no, man. I believe you'd get your ass kicked sayin' something like that, man.
Yes, Office Space had a lot of hilarious moments which poked fun at this kind of corny, inane, (or what I like to call "stupidly happy") type of behavior: Remember that annoyingly smug waiter who worked at Chotchkie's with Jennifer Anniston's character?
Don't ya sometimes want to punch those people in the nose?!!!!!!
OK, now that we've gotten that out of the way, I think I can safely go back to feeling happy without losing any of my "realist" street cred. ;-)
BTW, if you're a fan of the Office Space movie, you'll definitely want to test your knowledge of the movie by taking Tech Comedy's Office Space quiz.