Are you an optimistic pessimist? #iBloom

Chapter 8 of iBloom’s ichoose2 Love my Life is all about choosing to be optimistic. “The dictionary defines optimism as “a disposition or tendency to look on the more favorable side of events or conditions and to expect the most favorable outcome.” Whereas, pessimism is defined as “the tendency to see, anticipate, or emphasize only bad or undesirable outcomes, results, conditions, problems…”

ibloomch8I like to think of myself as an optimistic person. I always try to be positive and look for the best in people and situations.  I am usually the one who will pull for the underdog and stand up for the little guys.  I always try to rationalize the positive out of a negative circumstance.

“One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself. “- Lucille Ball

I have struggled with anxiety and depression for as long as I can remember and lived through many times when I had no hope left inside of me, where I didn’t leave the house for weeks and yes even contemplated suicide.  By the grace of God and the hope only He gives and the fighting spirit within me, I have made it through those darkest places.  I still struggle from time to time but those experiences have helped me become more of an optimistic person as crazy as that may sound. It has helped me try to focus on staying motivated, on finding my purpose in life and on helping others who are lacking hope, confidence and faith too.

I was feeling pretty good about being more of an optimist now until I continued reading this week’s chapter. It mentions that having a pessimistic outlook includes: complaining, arguing, criticizing and worrying and being negative.

Oh boy… Houston we may have a problem with our optimism.

“Optimism doesn’t wait on facts. It deals with prospects. Pessimism is a waste of time.” – Norman Cousin

I am still a worrier and I often complain first and procrastinate on getting things done because of fear, anxiety or worrying it might not turn out right or may interfere with something else I want to accomplish.  Basically there are many times when I will be negative or pessimistic at first, then once that is out of my system I become optimistic and see the potential.

Isn’t that strange? I think I am a pessimistic optimistic.  In my core and my heart I am an optimistic person, but my mind and emotions seem to jump to pessimistic conclusions first.  Thankfully my heart and positive attitude most always come through in the end.

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.  ~Harry Truman

What time I must waste though with worrying, complaining, fretting, trying to rationalize and figure things out?  I need to focus on being positive and optimistic from the start!  I need to complain and worry less and have more faith! I want to be sure that I make the most of the opportunities, blessings, talents, relationships and time that God has given me.

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


What about you? Are you more optimistic or pessimist by nature? Or are you like me and somewhere in the middle? I would love for you to comment below and share this post with your friends!


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