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Are You More Optimist or Pessimist?

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Every now and then I come across a timeless story that makes an awesome point. It is much easier to become a pessimist than it is to become an optimist. Most of us have to work at always looking on the bright side of things, especially in  the world in which we live today.

Please pay special attention to the quote below:

An optimist finds the positive in the negative, and a pessimist can only find the negative in the positive.

So here’s the story…..


An optimist sees the best in the world, while a pessimist sees only the
worst. An optimist finds the positive in the negative, and a pessimist can
only find the negative in the positive.

For example, as a duck hunter, I was in the market for a new bird dog a
few years ago. My search finally ended when I found a dog that could not
only retrieve, but could actually walk on water! Of course I bought him
immediately but wasn’t sure how I’d tell my hunter buddies.

I decided to try to break the news to one friend at a time starting with a
long-time buddy who was also a hunter. He was a pessimist by nature, but
invited him to hunt with me and my new dog.

As we waited, carefully concealed by the shore, a flock of ducks flew by.
We fired, and ducks fell at a distance. The dog responded and jumped into
the water. The dog, however, did not sink but instead walked across the
water to retrieve the birds, never getting more than his paws wet. This
continued all day long–each time a duck fell, the dog walked across the
surface of the water to retrieve it.

My pessimist buddy watched carefully, saw everything, but did not say a
single word about it the entire day.

On the drive home the silence was suddenly broken when my friend said,
“Too bad about your dog.”

A little surprised at his statement, I asked, “What do you mean?”

“I mean,” drawled the pessimist slowly, “it’s too bad ya got stuck with
one that can’t swim.”

This post written by Cathy Deaton.

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About Cathy Deaton


My name is Cathy Deaton, Owner of Fan the Flame Ministries. God has radically changed my life, and He has shown me that I am to share the awesome things I am learning with the Millennial Generation (1981 – 1996), but I love connecting with Christians of all ages.  I have found that the Holy Spirit is an awesome teacher when I listen to, obey, and apply what He teaches to my life. You truly can make a difference for God in an uncertain world.