Optimist VS Pessimist… That’s the question. Why would you assume the worst case scenario in every possible situation when you could just as easily choose to look for the silver lining? It almost seems like a prerequisite condition once you reach maturity. In a community where all the residents are currently in their second half of life, there are a myriad of circumstances that can be viewed from two very different perspectives:
1) The Weather – is that small cloud overhead a sign of impending doom (hurricane, tornado, tsunami)… or is it a passing shower?
2) The Birds – are they circling our terrace looking to attack… or are they on their way back to their nest to check on their baby chicks?
3) The Alarm – is it a code red (terrorist, CDC, nuclear plant)… or did some old fart accidentally hit the wrong button on the lobby intercom, again?
Yes, there are at least two ways to view any situation. And, yes, it’s always best to be prepared for any catastrophe. But too much time spent seeing that glass as half empty can only result in one outcome… being constantly thirsty!