None of that “rose” business for me. I go for the glow.
I’m definitely an Optimist too but then I guess it’s okay the meme resonates on two levels. Why not, right!?
Yes, I am one of those… I am thankful to have a glass, forget whether there is something in it or not (because, it is a glass, and that’s a great deal more than most might have.)
I’m an uber-optimist. I see the good in everything, beauty in unlikely places, and positive lessons even when faced with Life’s darker depths. It’s gotten me into trouble on occasion, no doubt – I am also known to be a giver (and not the best receiver.) Codependents might recognize the ring of that bell!
But honestly…I’d rather air on the side of seeing the GOOD in things, and forgiving when “hate” implores it is my only option.
I’m not blissfully unaware.
Nor am I above having bad days, moody moments, fits of tears, or overall stress.
Neither are my lenses completely “rosy” in the oblivious sense of the term – I do see rightly, and I will see both sides, for better and for worse…
But my focus? My FOCUS is going to lean as positively as I can get it to because anger, negativity, hate, and frustration are toxic. They injure ourselves as much as others – “holding onto poison,” as they say, isn’t so far from the truth.
So even when I am having a rough day, or I’m disappointed in myself… Even if something didn’t go “right”...I will do my best to remember I have a glass to begin with, and that’s quite a start, I’d say… I also have a faucet, and it appears to be a limitless wellspring…how about that?
Blessed, and then some.
So I got a newsletter from Fab.com and this fancy pair of “goggles” (as my mother affectionately terms her glasses) was among the featured items. They aren’t totally what I thought, but just the image alone made me smile…h0les Lite Black look like MY kind of glasses… (I’d look positively dreadful in THESE, mind you…(my go-tos are Oakley or Maui Jims)…but it’s what they APPEAR to be that struck me.
They reminded me of the way I really do see the World…My father calls me a “professional cheerer-upper” – frankly, I am thankful for that designation!
I don’t see the World through rose-colored glasses, I see it in every color imaginable, and then some.
I don’t see a glass half empty…EVER. It’s always FULL (even if part is air…it’s technically FULL!)
And when it comes right down to it, I’m thankful I have a glass at all.
I know that there are times during which I need to be a little (or a lot) thicker skinned – and I’m working on it. Being too forgiving can indeed be a detriment when in the wrong situation (such as abuse) – we do matter, and we have to take care of ourselves.
In this way, I recognize that not everything is peaches and cream – I’m one of those rather-hear-the-truth-than-a-lie, no matter how upsetting kind of people. So there are times at which having that understanding is appropriate, if not also necessary for self-protection.
But on the whole, my default is that the World is beautiful – it is the song my blood sings as it courses through my veins, and the only one it’s known. I was born that way. It’s a magical Life, and I am thankful for it…and all the learning that comes my way.
So even though Life can be rough around the edges, I like to Live thankfully, and as cheerfully as I can.
I’m not a saccharine-sweet, sycophantic, rosy type…but I AM looking through some awfully beautiful lenses, quite authentically. And personally…I really appreciate the view.