I AM AN OPTIMIST, BUT NOT A BRIGHTSIDER,
WHICH MEANS . . . MY GLASS IS ALWAYS
HALF FULL, BUT I AM OPEN TO THE POSSIBILITY
THAT IT IS HALF FULL OF POISONOUS BEES.
I feel such a sense of relief when I read those words.
I believe I am pessimistic by nature and so I struggle with being positive. It is a struggle I choose to engage in - I could just give up and be a grumpy downer the rest of my life - but it is also one where I'm constantly throwing my hands in the air and rolling my eyes at my inability to see the bright side of things.
Now I realize, if I can catch a glimpse of that bright side, if I can see a glimmer, a spark, a shine, that's good enough. I am too suspicious to be an all out Pollyanna. I am too drawn to the shadows to live totally in the light. I like to poke at the dark corners - something the bright side of the street doesn't have - with a stick (a very long one, but still.) If I can stay out of the pit of gloom and doom, even if I'm teetering on the edge, then I'm good with that.
How about you all? Where do you fall in the optimist - pessimist spectrum?