Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Being optimistic I realize for some is just a fact of birth, for others it is a learned skill and to those I ask, how do you achieve this skill? I try my best but I do not feel I’m honing this skill as efficiently as I could be.
You look at the preverbal glass and see it half full, I look at the same glass and ask, “Yes, I see it is half full but who drank out of my glass?” So is the test to notice the glass is half full or to throw mother’s advice out the window and drink after a stranger?
The optimist will take being short chained as an “Oh well,” situation and move on. I on the other hand take it as stealing and with a smile on my face, will ask, ”Exactly who taught you 4 from 10 equals 3?” Followed by the suggestion to the manager that counter help be afforded math tutors and reading glasses. After all, the cashier register did say 6 for change.
An optimist will take life’s little annoying situations as lessons to be learned, I am not so educated. Like trying to make a peach cobbler with bread flour and ending up with a paper-mache blob that has a peach hair-do. I smiled but it still was not editable.
While I am still an optimistic trainee and am prone to relapses I have made progress. I have learned to smile and I do find myself seeking that preverbal silver lining though for ulterior motives. Have you seen the price of silver? So how do I know I have made progress?
Just the other day a car had been tail gating me for quite a distance and even followed me into a shopping center parking lot. We both parked and as aggravated as I was I put that optimistic smile on my face, walked over to the tailgater and asked,” Where did the chain break, I thought I was towing you to Wal-Mart?”
Score one for optimism.