pessimism versus optimism

Are you a pessimist or an optimist?

Do you see the glass as half-empty or half full?

Is life full of could-be-better or could-be-worse situations?


Remember, nothing is permanent.

This shit too shall pass. You might just need more fiber.

Literally, you need to eat more fiber, or, you know, fiber as a euphemism for lay off the negatory.

Winston Churchill quote about pessimists and optimists

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty

~ Winston Churchill

make it work, maybe?

I’ve been reading a ton of self-help books lately, and while they’ve successfully managed to get me pumped up and have been great as calm-ifying resources, I haven’t had much luck following through other than being all, “fuck yeah, let’s do this!” before retreating back into my solo pity party of rage.

But last night, I read a self-help guide geared specifically toward making a marriage work <– a sub-genre I guess I’d been specifically avoiding as I made my way through Amazon’s eBook selection. I read through the first few chapters, and I completed the exercises in my red composition notebook with my ultra-fine Sharpie marker.

And for the first night in days, maybe weeks, I went to sleep free of anger, I slept peacefully, and I woke up without the feeling of not-quite-indigestion and uncertainty that’s been plaguing me.

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You have nothing to lose by doing so, and you either try following the advice or you don’t. Simple as that. Better than crying about it, yeah? It might not work out, but you will never be unhappy with yourself for having tried.

it might not work out, but you will never be unhappy with yourself for having tried.

forgive? maybe. forget? not as easy.

We’ve got memories like elephants, and while we might forget why we feel the way we do, the impressions in our hearts created by the happiness and anger and sadness and joy we feel … well, that sticks around.

maya angelou quote

So, before you act like a jerk, think about the consequences. And if you’re having a hard time letting go, remember that you’re only human . . . and you’re not the only one who has trouble “getting over” the crap that you’ve been through.

do your fucking best, all the time

Never let it be said that you did not try your best.
always do more than is required of you
One of the worst things you can feel is that you didn’t try hard enough and that you didn’t do the best you could. It sucks to feel that maybe you could have done more. Maybe you should have tried harder.

But you know what?

You know you did your best.  You know. And that’s all that matters.