Optimism: The Cure for What Ails Us

Is there anything you and I can do about the morass in Washington? Sorry Charlie, you and I are just a couple of powerless tuna swimming through the sea of confusion. We need to focus our effort on the things we can control.


So Harry, you might ask, what am I to do with the first list? Crumple it up and toss it into the nearest trash can. You will not need it any more because you have decided what you can and cannot influence and are heading off to make some changes in the world immediately around you. Three more suggestions:

  • Say "thank you" a lot.
  • Smile a lot more.
  • Don't be a dumb-ass.

Good luck and good hunting.

HARRY R. CARTER, Ph.D., CFO, MIFireE, a Firehouse.com Contributing Editor, is a municipal fire protection consultant based in Adelphia, NJ. Dr. Carter retired from the Newark, NJ, Fire Department and is a past chief and active life member of the Adelphia Fire Company. Follow Harry on his "A View From my Front Porch" blog. He recently published his first e-book, Running a Volunteer Fire Department. You can reach Harry by e-mail at drharrycarter@optonline.net.