Optimistic Myth: It Could Always Be Worse

Linus says Pain looks great on other peopleHave you ever heard someone say, “At least it isn’t raining” just to hear some thunder and feel the first drops of a thunderstorm?

I’ve often questioned why people use the “It could always be worse” idea to help them feel better. In essence we are trying to feel better at the cost of others’ misfortunes.

And the nagging question keeps coming back to me – what if it already is the worst it can be? Taking it to its natural conclusion, when you actually hit the bottom, it gives you the sense that it is now okay to be angry and pessimistic.

The point I’m trying to make is that using the “It could always be worse” technique to help you feel better and more optimistic is flawed.

There IS a better way.

Although I completely admit to having used this technique before, it’s not the “Optimistic Tool” in my “Toolbox of Life” I reach for anymore if I can help it.

Stay tuned to my attempt to share my wisdom on being an optimist. I’m still gathering my thoughts, but I like where this is going.

Question: Do you have any “tools in your toolbox” that work for you (or doesn’t work)? Please share below.

  • Celina

    I just count my blessing. It makes more sense that way. And if it rains, I say, thanks for the mosture. If it’s hot, I say, thanks for AC… If my ankle hurts horribly, I say, I’m glad that my wrists don’t hurt. Clouds always have silver linings. Doors close, and windows open. Half-full glasses, opportunity knocks. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. I’m just sayin’ Look up–even if it’s pouring rain. You’ll see exactly what you were missing before. Diamonds…

    Shoot Joel!!! You got me goin’ poetic. Yeah, I count my blessings. Then I look in the mirror and smile until I believe myself. Happy 4th!

  • Susan Stone

    I like this. I appreciate the rain more & more. It means God is taking over one os my chores for me so that I can get something else done. I love it.