Since my blog is a journal of my family’s current house hunting adventures, I don’t usually use the DailyPost topic suggestions, but today’s brought back such a funny memory, I had to share it! Today’s topic was “Are you an optimist or a pessimist?”
Years ago, when I was in elementary school, my parents were in college, obtaining advanced degrees in the field of education. One of my Dad’s classes was about all the standardized psychological testing they do for kids – Stanford-Binet, Wechsler, whatever they had back then, and I was his guinea pig. He would practice administering the tests to me, and I, in turn, enjoyed my dad’s undivided attention.
During one oral test, Dad asked the question, “What is the difference between an optimist and a pessimist?” Confidently I answered, “An optimist is an eye doctor and a pessimist is a foot doctor.” Normally good at keeping a straight face, my father laughed out loud. “Well, I guess that’s one way of looking at it,” he said.
To answer today’s topic question, I would say that I’m a short-term pessimist and a long-term optimist. My knee-jerk reaction to any situation is usually a “woe is me” attitude. Then after I take a little time to think things over with a realistic, logical point of view, I feel that things will work out fine. Maybe I’m an eye doctor after all. 😮