Pragmatic Idealist

Pragmatic Idealist

A Pragmatist accepts things as they are, not as they could or should be. A pragmatist is rooted in logic without attachment. An Idealist always expects the best possible outcome even when it seems unlikely and is rooted in emotion instead of logic.

A Pragmatic Idealist blends these two seemingly opposing characteristics into a singularly effective Way of Being.

“It Is What It Is” is a very pragmatic phrase and a handy phrase for a Pragmatic Idealist following the path of Joy.

Your reaction to that phrase will also tell you a lot about yourself. An optimist sees it as a state of potentiality. “It is what it is” accepts the situation without judgment and without attachment. It suggests nothing less than infinite possibilities.

I have used that phrase for years, thinking that anyone hearing me would know what I felt/thought. It turns out that I couldn’t be more wrong. 

I couldn’t understand why a friend of mine got upset with me until he explained what he heard. To him, it was the ultimate F# You. Total resignation. A thoroughly pessimistic take on the situation.

If you have the pessimistic reaction, that does not mean that you will have a hard time following the Path Of Joy; it just means that your changes will perhaps be more dramatic.

For me, being pragmatic means accepting what is, without judgment and without attachment. Throughout our journey, you will find without judgment and without attachment are a significant part of the foundation of the path of joy.

Radical Trust is the Idealist part of Pragmatic Idealist. As an idealist, I always expect the best. 

I consider myself a Pragmatic Idealist. You do not have to embrace that title to be on the path of joy. 

You do have to cultivate Radical Trust as well as Non-Judgement and Non-Attachment.