The Promise of Life

“No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.” – Helen Keller

Pessimists are by nature doubtful and suspicious of the unknown. Optimists, on the other hand, tend to be trusting, often to a degree not warranted by the factors at hand. To be a pessimist, one has to have given up on the promise of life at a certain level. Conversely, to be an optimist, one tends to leave room for the promise of life, no matter how grim the circumstances.

For myself I am an optimist – otherwise I would be forced to mope when the clouds of trouble and distress gathered in the skies above me. Sulking never lightens the burden of difficulty. Likewise, despondency blinds one to the opportunities present in distress. There is no help for the hopeless!

2 thoughts on “The Promise of Life

  1. The promise of life is a gift that is constantly being given. Our attitude does determine how we recieve it regardless of circumstance. Many years ago a mentor of mine spoke about the responsibility we each had to offer the promise of life to others as a most treasured privilege. And as we had the fire to do so we could meet victoriously any challenges that came our way.


  2. Coco

    I loved Winston Churchill’s attitude about it, he said “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
    I say err on the side of possibility and you’ll often be surprised. Life is always looking for an aperture to create and my optimistic heart just may provide the space! Love this post.


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