A letter to the Optimist

Optimism is joyful searching; pessimism is a prison of fear and a clutching at illusionary safety. ~ Kathleen A. Brehony

Strangely enough while looking for a quote to boost my spirits on being optimistic I ran into an equal amount of pessimistic quotes on optimism…what is that about?

I have felt a little drained these days.  Although over all my feelings are quite happy, I have had a persistent sore throat so I’m not at my best.  Since I’m not physically on my A-game work chaos is a little burdensome.  The latest issue at work is one of my co-workers has not come to work in 4 days. She called out sick on Thursday and Friday. However, Monday and Tuesday have passed with no words,  and no one had seen her over the weekend.  Everyone at work is a little stressed because between us we have to cover her classes.  Which means prep time and last-minute preparing for subjects you don’t normally teach.

Of course everyone is happy to help if you are sick, but since we haven’t heard from her everyone’s emotions and stress level has risen.  Unfortunately this isn’t a lone ranger kind of job, it takes an enormous amount of teamwork and collaboration. (As education should, but that’s another post) I heard myself today talking about work to a friend and she asked me if I had a life outside of work!  (Of course I do, I’m Daniesha!)  Also we just got new schedules and new students like 2-3 weeks ago, so people are stilling getting to know their classes, plus we still have the Corporate change taking place.  Hence the need for an extra dose of optimism!  Since I didn’t find a fitting quote I’ve written my own.

To the optimists: Prepare for the likely, disregard the worst and hope for the best.  The likely happens, the best makes you feel even better, and the worst wasn’t so bad anyway.  


One Comment

  1. Oscar says:

    I still claim to have written what I call a perfect sentence: parallel structure, antithesis, rhythm, balance. It’s got it all.

    “Things may not be as good as you hope, but they’re never as bad as you fear.”


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