March 25, 2020

Grounded Optimism

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28 In times of crisis and unprecedented firsts, the likes of which many of us are currently witnessing with the coronavirus outbreak, it’s important to keep hopes and dreams alive. However, it’s also important to guard against naivete. Admiral James Stockdale, who was an enemy prisoner during the Vietnam War, wrote a great book called “Good to Great” in which he outlined a paradox that is essential to surviving the worst of times. While he was in a prison camp for eight years, he saw many optimists die from disappointment. They would say to themselves at Christmas, “we’ll be out by Easter,” but then Easter would come and go and they were still there, or “we’ll be out by Christmas,” but then Christmas

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