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Pessimism Doesn’t Work…….

Can I share a little secret with you?  Pessimism doesn’t work.  Pessimist’s like to say we expect the worst but hope for the best.  The trouble is that IF the worst happens you won’t feel any better about it even though you expected it.  Let me tell you when I first learned this truth.  It was when the Mets played the Yankees in the World Series.  I’m a Mets fan but did not expect them to win.  When they ultimately lost the fact that I didn’t expect them to win didn’t matter a bit.  I was still extremely disappointed.

 Conversely, if the worst does not happen then you have made yourself miserable for nothing!  One of my heroes Thomas Jefferson said:

 “There are indeed  gloomy and hypochondriac minds, inhabitants of diseased bodies, disgusted with the present, and despairing of the future; always counting that the worst will happen, because it may happen. To these I say How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened?!”

The great American writer Mark Twain put it this way:

“I am an old man and have known a great many
troubles, but most of them never happened.”

This is not to say that we should become Pollyanna’s but to keep life in perspective and remind ourselves that good things can happen.

Pessimism doesn’t work.  It only makes us miserable.   So why bother with it?