Today’s Solutions: September 30, 2022


  • NAME: Robert “Bob” P.
  • FROM: Goleta/Santa Barbara, CA
  • AGE: 59 (and counting)
  • OCCUPATION / PASSION: Director of Research / Sociopolitical-environmental issues, music, and a good story.
  • WHY DID YOU BECOME AN OPTIMIST EMISSARY? A desire to promote positivity in an otherwise negative world.


  • What Inspires Your Optimism? The human capacity for expression, empathy, and compassion.
  • Favorite Optimist Daily Solutions? Too many to name specifically, but generally, solutions that utilize natural resources and processes or find synergies between perceived disparities.
  • Favorite Optimistic Quote/ Book/ Film: Quote: “When Life gives you lemons, make lemonade” or “What doesn’t kill you/me/us, makes you/me/us stronger”. Book: “Unstoppable” and “Breaking Through Power: It’s Easier Than We Think” by Ralph Nader, “The Great Disruption” by Paul Gilding. Film:  “Free Solo”, “The Shawshank Redemption”, “The Martian” and “Matilda


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