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Image Spotlight: Words
By Nancy Polanski on December 12, 2016

Words to think about

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Imagenap
Dec 11, 2016 7:24 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a
calamity in every opportunity.

-- Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
ImageZanymuse
Dec 11, 2016 8:30 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger...
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Imagepajonica
Dec 11, 2016 8:38 PM CST
Name: Jon
Japan, Ibaraki
Nice sentiment yet it depends on the nature of the calamity, as a natural optimist I've learned there are some things that are really hard to see the positives. Thousands of people simply washed away in a tsunami, for example, the positive are what? Reduces the population? No, the opportunity is to prevent the consequences of calamity.
Fortune favors the brave.
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ImageZanymuse
Dec 11, 2016 9:03 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Good point Jon. Not all calamities can be avoided or recovered from and not all preventative measures are effective. The difference between an optimist and a pessimist in the aftermath of a calamity is that the optimist looks at the destruction and decides they can and will move forward. The pessimist decides they have been beaten and gives up. You have proven that you are an optimist. Thumbs up
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Imagepajonica
Dec 11, 2016 9:29 PM CST
Name: Jon
Japan, Ibaraki
Nothing beats me, ever! It's just the way I am. Optimist or pessimist,t I don't know what i am.
An optimistic pessimist perhaps? Rolling on the floor laughing
Fortune favors the brave.
Tickling is no laughing matter.
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ImageZanymuse
Dec 11, 2016 10:18 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
You may experience temporary periods of pessimism, but your stronger, optimistic self, always reasserts itself and you move forward.
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Imagequilter5
Dec 12, 2016 6:37 AM CST
Name: Barb Jenkins
Hillsborough, NH
I agree with you totally Brenda. Jon has shown amazing resilience from all he has been through over the years. Optimistic for sure. Smiling
lakesidecallas
Dec 12, 2016 8:27 AM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
I'm a bit of a pessimist, but work every day to change that!
Imagenap
Dec 12, 2016 9:32 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
lakesidecallas wrote:I'm a bit of a pessimist, but work every day to change that!


Now that's optimistic!
Imagenap
Dec 12, 2016 9:46 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
pajonica wrote: I don't know what i am. An optimistic pessimist perhaps? Rolling on the floor laughing


That's funny, Jon. But it sort of describes Susan's position above as well. Maybe it's a real thing, to be an optimistic pessimist. Blinking Confused

But back to Sir Winston's quote, it's the second part that I can relate to. Not me, by any means, but a couple of people I know are defeatists. They see an opportunity ahead, but shoot it down before giving it a chance. They play out the potential negative consequences in their mind, then decide not to proceed because it wouldn't work anyway. As he said, they see calamity in every opportunity.

Granted it is difficult to always see opportunity in the face of calamity, but opportunity does lurk everywhere. It's important to keep the mind open.
ImageMaryE
Dec 18, 2016 9:29 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Some people seem determined to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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