Frozen Connecticut Landscape Photo Essay: Optimists and Pessimists


The difference between optimism and pessimism is a difference in our choice:

We can choose how to use our memory and our imagination.

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We can choose to remember the pain, and we can choose to remember the pleasure.

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We can choose to imagine the pain, and we can choose to imagine the pleasure.

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Where do you choose to put most of your focus?

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Pain? Pleasure?  Past?  Future?  ..and where do you focus on in the present?

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“Yeah, yeah, it’s the old glass-half-full-half-empty story…”

..but did you know, there’s a bit more to that story?

The pessimist chose to worry about how half of the water could spill on the floor… and they ended up with an empty shattered mug.

The optimist chose to forget about how half of the water once spilled on themselves… and they ended up with an overflowing cup.

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Both of them earned the right to say, “See?? I told you so!” 

(cf. The Half-Complete “There Are Two Kinds of People In The World” Sayings Collection

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Posted on February 2, 2014, in Inspiration, Life, Metaphors, photography, Positivity, Psychology, Risk Management and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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