Optimistic or Realistic?

Daisuke F | Physician |

Being optimistic is not as easy a task as it looks.

As a clinician, I encounter many people who have been struck by serious illnesses. I am confident that I can be of help to them, however at the same time, there is a part of me that feels anxious about the situation that may lie ahead.

There are times when people can hardly think optimistically, especially when facing real difficulty. In such moments, you don’t have to feel pressured to be optimistic. Not being optimistic does not mean that you are being pessimistic. In most cases, you are being realistic. And being realistic is a passage that leads to real solutions, which subsequently lead you to wider view of possibilities – that’s what we call optimism.

The advantage of my being a clinician with some years of experience is that I have had lots of encounters with patients who, through really tough situations, eventually found their way out.  This is the secret as to why I can be optimistic in my practice – it’s not because I have confidence in myself, rather, I have confidence in the strength of people.


  1. Thank you for your words and perspective. I’m reading this on a day when another member of my family faces a cancer diagnosis and dealing with
    a range of emotions. Thank you for reminding me what a wonderful doctor brings to the table and how lucky we all are to have access to amazing care. You so obviously are a wonderful caring person and doctor. Thank You!

    M | | 12:51pm

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