Optimist or pessimist? Glass half-full or glass half-empty? Success or failure? Which one are you?
Sometimes I think these qualities are hard-wired into our brains. Take a quick survey of friends and family and you’ll be quick to notice those who always tend to see the positive in everyone and in every situation and conversely, those who find some fault in everything.
I’m an optimist by nature although there is the odd time, like around my birthday when I can’t help but dwell on how the years are passing me by. Mind you, I’m quite happy with the way my life is, and how things have turned around. It’s just the numbers seem to grow, and grow, and grow!
And I know that I have to be an optimist in order to achieve my dreams. One is coming true. Late spring or early summer next year my new book will be published by PrimeTime, a publishing house that “aims to improve the lives of people aged fifty and up”. What a fantastic pairing for my anti-aging book EAT YOUR WAY TO A YOUTHFUL, HEALTHY YOU.
But in order to acquire a literary agent for my other books … and I have a couple of categories: several middle grade novels and a literary fiction/contemporary fantasy I need to stay optimistic. Forget the rejections. Instead think of authors like Stephen King – think of the spike on his wall heavy with rejections, then think of his success today. Without optimism, no writer or anyone else for that matter can get very far. Pessimism will just drag you down and make you depressed.
Of course it’s hard to always remain cheery. And you’d be a Pollyanna if you always were. Sometimes a good cry can make you feel wonderful, a pitifest for an afternoon can make you see the world in a whole new light. But that’s the key, give in to that pessimistic feel for an hour, or an afternoon or even a day and then get back to feeling good.
What are you – an optimist or a pessimist?
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