This proved a little harder than I thought it would be. For you see, I've always considered myself an Optimist... I try to think of the glass as being half-full rather than half-empty. BUT--there are times when I certainly feel pessimistic about things... Maybe we all have a little pessimism in us --whether we want to admit it or not... I certainly am pessimistic about the price of gas, the cost of food, and our country in general right now. Here are some quotes about Optimism vs. Pessimism --along with some images I chose from the internet...
"Optimist: Someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster. It's a Cha-Cha."-Robert Brault
"A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties." -Harry Truman
"A pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds, and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides, and shrugs; an optimist doesn't see the clouds at all--he's walking on them."- Leonard Louis Levinson
"Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society. The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute." -Gil Stern
"If an optimist had his left arm chewed off by an alligator, he might say, in a pleasant and hopeful voice, 'Well, this isn't too bad. I don't have my left arm anymore, but at least nobody will ever ask me whether I am right-handed or left-handed.' BUT most of us would say something more along the lines of 'Aaaaaah! My arm! My arm!'" -Lemony Snicket
Finally, here's a great quote from Winston Churchill: "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
I guess --when it all comes down to it--I am not as much of an optimist as I wish I were.... Now---what say YOU? Are you an Optimist or a Pessimist????? Why or why not????