I Was A “Me – Pessimist”

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Confession!!!   I lived most of my life as a “mepessimist.”   Sadly, I spent too many years believing

  • my “glass was half empty and not half full;” and
  • it was impossible for me to make  “lemonade out of lemons.”

Frankly, I was the half empty glass” as well as the ‘lemons.”  The years of verbal, emotional and physical abuse perpetrated by a dysfunctional and alcoholic father created a weak woman.   A wounded soul, low self-esteem, and no confidence; I, the “me-pessimist” focused on the negatives and not the positives.

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But, mind you, I was overly optimistic when it came to others.  If friends or family strayed into the “pessimist mode;” I quickly stepped in hoping to turn their negative thoughts into positive ones.  Sadly, I did not feel empowered to do the same for myself.

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Over the years, seeking the approval and acceptance of others, I ignored many of my hopes, dreams and desires.  The fear of being judged hindered my ability to think like an “optimist.”   You see I felt safe and comfortable living life as a “me-pessimist.”

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A breast cancer diagnosis in 2008 and a life threatening respiratory illness in 2010 was a life-changer.    At last I understood, as one of God’s Creations, I was blessed with the ability to  “make choices.”

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Now, I choose to live with my “glass half full and not  half empty” and to “make lemonade out of lemons.”  In other words, I choose to —

  • make “every day” a “great day “ and my “best day”
  • focus on the positives and reject the negatives

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7 thoughts on “I Was A “Me – Pessimist”

  1. mom, i love u so much. You have been my greatest inspiration and biggest supporter. Please keep sharing and inspiring.
    Tony

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    • Thank you son. So happy you take the time to read what I have to say. You always listen and now you are burdened with reading more of what I have to say. But, I so appreciate your supporting me as I venture into the world of blogging.

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    • Sharon I so appreciate your taking the time to read my blog. I am not a writer, but feel compelled to put some of my thoughts and feelings on paper in this season of my life. Enjoyed working with you and miss all of my PMTC friends. So happy to stay connected with you through social media.

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