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Friday, March 4, 2011

Let's Talk Fridays: Are you an Optimist or Pessimist????

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????