One of my close friends lately got promoted to the post of trainer. He is someone who believes everything is pre-decided and nothing he does makes a difference! When this position was open for filling he refused to give a try because he thought the post was already decided for someone else and all this was just a show!!
Even though I believed the battle was lost without a fight, he stayed firm..It was thanks to his friends who pushed him to do the presentation and lo and behold, contrary to all beliefs, he got selected too…
I always wonder…is optimism a part of our character or something we develop with time, facing the world…It is easy to say one should be optimistic in life…Easy to preach but then practice?? Don’t think so!! I am example for this myself. I love to think the glass is half full but then my thoughts would be mostly..”Oh man! It is still half empty…How come it is half empty???”
I have attended a dozen or more of those motivation classes. At the moment I’ll be all geared up to face life with that positive outlook. But when life glares at me with wide eyes it just escapes me..I bet I’m no different from others who sat with me in those classes…But I guess no one likes to admit they see the half empty glass. It’s easy to take up those optimism tests and give all the positive answers..The test results come and you comfort yourself “ Yeah I am an optimist!” Big deal! As if it solves your problem of seeing the half empty glass!
I then wonder am I a pessimist?? No..I do take that step to make things better in life…I do think that life is worth living for the good moments too…So where does it leave me? Is there a line in between…Should be…What do you call someone who is optimistic when happy and pessimist when faced with problems..Ha ha!!