Apr 172018

Having a positive outlook on life is something I have always struggled with yet can often be perceived as being positive. I can see the silver lining in a lot of situations for others and don’t hesitate in mentioning to help others progress so why do I struggle with optimism in my own life?

Today, of course, is brought to you by the letter “O” in the A to Z Challenge and Optimism made the most sense.

It’s not that I don’t try to be optimistic as I try my hardest but too often get overwhelmed and honestly, I think too much. No matter the situation I worry about it, over analyze it and just fret about it. Never one to let go of emotions, everything just seems to be compounded within me enough to have me doubt whatever it is I’m doing.

Perception is everything though and some who know me perceive me as aloof, so much so that they think I feel I’m better than them while it’s the opposite. I tend to study people, to try to figure out how I fit in and where I stand in their lives so I shy away from small talk, stand in the corner and just watch and worry about what others are thinking of me.

I realize being optimistic and focusing on the good in our lives brings more good as like attracts like and The Secret is a movie I’ll watch again and again for a reminder. Somehow, despite all of this effort, the worry and negativity creep in and overwhelm me and I know others who struggle with this same thing.

So I want to know if you feel you are pessimistic or an optimist – is your glass half full, half empty or is it just existing?

Thanks for reading,

Sarah Butland

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