Optimistic or Realistic?

I took my phone and turned off the alarm this morning. 6 am.  Reluctantly, I opened messages I got last night. Popped out of the screen: “Choose to be optimistic, it feels better - Dalai Lama”.  I rolled my eyes and pursed my lip into a thin line, well, it was from my chatty workmate. She's my best companion in spite of her ability to talk the hind legs off a donkey drives me crazy. Optimistic became the first word I think about this morning. How far can we be an optimistic person? Should we add some drops of realistic sense and be more practical?

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  • Hi, Peony.

    Optimism and realism do not mutually exclude each other.
    Being realistic doesn't mean that you are not an optimist and vice versa, but, a pessimist, as I understand it, is not a realist.

    Enjoy life and see it optimistically and realistically!


    • Good day Rose! I do believe everyone has certain amount of both optimism and realism to get the ball keeps rolling wonderfully in life. You too, let's see this life optimistically and realistically! Wish you a colorful and fantabulous life journey :)))

  • Hi Peony!

     Have a nice day for everyone!

    My wisdom in life is "Hope for the best and prepare for the worst." This sounds more like realism, but I'm not sure.

    • Hello Augustina, glad to see you, and thanks for sharing your wonderful wisdom. Yes, it's called realism. An attitude to accept any kind of situation patiently and act accordingly to deal with. In the eyes of mine, everyone has certain amount of optimism or realism as intrinsic values. This characteristic is shaped by experience since early childhood. That's why everyone unique. Let's enjoy the ride :)))

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  • Hey Peony,

    I am not good in english that is why i can't give you more details but i can say in simple words that you can't be Optimistic all the time or you can't be realistic all the time it depends on the situation. How to react.

    • Thanks for summing up the topic nicely. The tendency to use standard doses on everything we have seems the safest way. Wish you a beautiful life. Stay safe, healthy, and optimistic :)))

  • Some time ago I suffered what I thought the biggest disaster in my job so no place for optimism,  with time it just became an anecdote and realised I got rid of a heavy burden.  Moral; always look at the bright side of life )

    • Always look on the bright side. I think this attitude is a part of being optimistic. Everyone has a different journey of stumble and fall. Failure doesn't define us, but how we react is matters. Thanks for adding important standpoint here. I'll learn to see always the bright side, well way too bright here. Could you please let me borrow your sunglass? :)))

      • I said to see the bright side, not the dazzling one :p    ok. With pleasure I'll lend you them, they have a filter for turning boring things into bright and enjoyable ones  ; )

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