Attention shapes the self and knowing where you are keeps you on track and grounded. Life throws us challenges and in surmounting them we grow from within. This work explores the idea behind facing a challenge and not being overwhelmed by it, but by seeing it as a positive experience. There were a number of aspects of the characteristics of being optimistic that I have integrated into this work.
The person looks upwards towards a bright, cloudless sky. A mountain is before him, but as it is rounded as well as bright to suggest that the challenge is accessible. This is reinforced by the presence of a ladder that shows that when we approach situations step by step, knowing that by steady effort, we reach our goals. The safety net at the base of the ladder is to reassure any adventurer that we will not fail when we try and we need to get back up and try again.
A person who is well grounded and has a sense of place is better equipped to deal with what life throws their way, hence the person is connected to the base of the canvas, grounded and solid. The owl on the shoulder is there to support the person through its wisdom and childlike curiosity. The placing of the arrow and the text You are here, above the person’s heart is the essence of optimism and resilience which results in a positive outlook. When we know our heart and trust ourselves, then we are most happy.