Today’s Daily Post topic is: Are you an optimist or a pessimist?
As we travel though life we are often confronted with topics that we must decided on without hesitation. Those decisions define you, for better for worse. It is how you perceive the world and how others perceive you.
It is often thought that most of us are in of two camps: Optimists or Pessimists. These two groups are routinely defined by the paradigm as seeing the proverbial glass as half full or half empty.
I, on the other hand, always ask what if I don’t have a glass? What if I have to dip my hands into the stream to get a drink of water?
I have included some great quotes on the subject. I welcome you to share you own as well.
- Whenever you see darkness, there is extraordinary opportunity for the light to burn brighter – Bono
- The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious of the rose – Kahlil Gibran
- The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection – Thomas Paine
- Optimism is a force multiplier – Colin Powell
- 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
- The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true – James Branch Cabell
- Optimism is the foundation of courage – Nicholas Murray Butler
- A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties – Harry Truman
- For myself I am an optimist – it does not seem to be much use being anything else – Sir Winston Churchill
- You see things; and you say “why?” But I dream of things that never were, and I say “Why not?” – George Bernard Shaw
How do you define yourself?