This I Believe

Addy - Tipton, Indiana
Entered on October 15, 2006
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: carpe diem, hope

Be Optimistic; Expect the Worst

Picture walking down a street. It’s beautiful and sunny out, just the way you like it. Then you have this feeling, like you feel a rain drop on your nose. You think; is it true, is it real, no it can’t rain. Before you know it, you feel many rain drops hit you face. With this rain, puddles are created, big and little puddles. The little ones you walk right through. The bigger ones you choose to walk around or jump over. Rarely does anyone walk right through them. This is the same with problems. The little ones we deal with. The bigger ones we pick out the negative parts, and make the puddle look bigger than what it really is. When we do this, we find it too complicated to deal with it. So, we beat around the bush, looking for an escape. As this is happening, the rain keeps coming and is creating bigger puddles than before. There is no way out of dealing with it. In the long run it will create a flood.

Expect the worst, get the better. Some may say this is a negative view. I believe it is an optimistic view. Prepare yourself for the worst that could happen, and then you might get a better outcome. In a way, you start out with the negatives of the problem. Then turn them around and become surprised by what you get, or be past the worst.

It’s like when you go to get your license. The night before you are studying and psyching yourself out. You are afraid you are going to fail. So in your mind you are expecting yourself to fail. This is not setting yourself up for failure, because you are taking the test to pass. Yet, when you prepare yourself for that failure, and then you succeed, you are content. I find it better to go into it this way, than to go into it expecting your going to do great. Then you might do worse than you expected. Even if you do pass the test, you will be on the down side, beating yourself up. You will be picturing the puddle bigger then what it is in reality.

It just goes to show that when you take the optimistic view by flipping the negatives you boost your self-esteem. This philosophy does not work in every situation, but optimistic view does. The sun will rise to dry out the puddles, as your mind will be set to fix the problems.