Learning Optimism with Hurricane Sandy [By: Female; Age 13; New Jersey]
October 30, 2012
Optimism: Although Hurricane Sandy caused a great deal of damage, if possible, we should also try not just look at the bad. Although sadly, people were injured, some died, a lot of money was lost, and houses and property were damaged, we must try not to think of it as a hopeless situation. We have to try to find a way to make it seem less horrific.
Optimism After Disaster
One way of doing this, as I did with my family, is to take the opportunity to turn it into a family bonding experience. Although many trees fell on our property, and we had some small property damage, we were all safe (though cold and in the dark). But since school and work were cancelled, we spent the day playing family games together. We put everything to the side as we spent today playing Pictionary together as a family. My little siblings and I made puppets out of paper and Popsicle sticks and a puppet theater out of the cardboard box and put on a mini puppet show for our family. We spent the night laughing about the show, exchanging jokes and playing charades by flashlight. We watched a movie on my mom’s laptop together in the complete darkness of the blackout.
These are only a few examples of ways to brighten the situation. The vital part of dealing with a tough situation is doing your best to try to have a good attitude.
It is important that all of us try to see the glass as half full, rather than half empty. As bad as Sandy was for many, for those of us who were not injured and not made homeless, we must all be grateful that it was not even worse, because it is always possible for something to be worse. Optimism is a key trait to living a happy life.
We must all learn to be happy with what we have, and try our very best to make the best of every situation.