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Dose of Inspiration: The Optimist Vs The Pessimist

The Optimist vs the Pessimist

The optimist turns the impossible into the possible;
the pessimist turns the possible into the impossible.
The optimist pleasantly ponders how high the kite will fly;
the pessimist woefully wonders how soon the kite will fall.
The optimist sees a green near every sand trap;
the pessimist sees a sand trap near every green.
The optimist looks at the horizon and sees an opportunity;
the pessimist peers into the distance and fears a problem.

To the optimist all doors have handles and hinges;
to the pessimist all doors have locks and latches.
The optimist promotes progress, prosperity and plenty;
the pessimist preaches limitations, liabilities and losses.
The optimist accentuates assets, abundance, and advantages;
the pessimist majors in mistakes, misfortunes and misery.
The optimist goes out and finds the bell;
the pessimist gives up and wrings his or her hands.

-William Arthur Ward

I’m so in love with this poem! I’m a full-fledged optimist myself; and I never let the current circumstances deter me from my desires. And if I wasn’t an optimist , I probably wouldn’t have launched this wonderful blog that your reading right now. So, how about yourself, would you say your a optimist or pessimist? Share your thoughts on this poem by leaving a comment below.


Shawna Kay (Blissed Out Belle)

Kay is a Lifestyle & Empowerment Enthusiast, and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Blissed Out Belle™. Connect with her on Facebook here, and follow her on Twitter @BlissedOutBelle .

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  • Melinda

    great poem I find sometimes we justify our negative attitudes and label them as realistic when really its pessimism. Focus on the opportunities vs. the obstacles.


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