Steve McEllistrem

The Devereaux Dilemma

Optimism vs. Pessimism

If you expect the worst but hope for the best, does that make you a pessimist?

And if that makes you a pessimist, shouldn’t everyone be one? Isn’t it better to prepare for the worst, just in case, rather than be completely blindsided by it if/when it comes to pass?

Thinking only positively seems to leave one unprepared for hardship, which comes for us all at some point in life. I embrace my pessimism.

One Response to Optimism vs. Pessimism

  1. A.C. Flory says:

    We humans are capable of some pretty amazing paradoxes – I’m a Pollyanna by nature and always look for a silver lining to everything, but at the same time, I’m a pessimist by your definition. Is there any other way to go? lol