A Letter to a Pessimist from an Optimist Who Thinks Like a Realist


“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ~Albert Einstein

Diana Rodgers, Web Editor

I could tell you to smile,

To let your tear stained face go dry,

Because there is so much in the world to look forward too,

To cheer up,

Because the sun is shining high and the birds are singing out their heart song;

But it’s not true.

None of what I just told you is true.

I could let all of my rays of warm sunshine wash over you,

Envelope you in my light;

It won’t have any effect.


Your eyes won’t be opened,

The sky won’t be bluer and the grass won’t be greener

Nothing is going to change.

The only way you would change is if you do it yourself,

Other people can only help so much.

So without further ado, here are five easy steps for getting your life together.



Life is amazing.


Okay it sucks,


At least,

Life is good enough,

Life will always be good enough.

The only way that it won’t be good enough is if you give up.

The world keeps spinning on that 23.5-degree axis,

The sun keeps rising and the birds keep chirping,

But it will only be good enough if you think it is.



Put your hand on your heart,

Feel your heart beating,

Your pulse thrumming with life

And realize that you are still alive.

If you’re still moving,

If you’re still walking,


If there’s still blood pumping through your veins,

If you can hear your heart beating,

Every single day is a good day.



Don’t look to anyone else for happiness.

You are the only constant in your ever changing life,

So if you can’t find happiness within yourself,

You’re going to be gloomy forever.

Take time to smell the roses,

Listen to the birds chirping, and

Most importantly,

Make sure you appreciate and find happiness with the little things.

If you can’t find happiness within yourself,

How do you expect to be able to make someone else happy?



Do new things.

Albert Einstein defined insanity as,

“Doing something over and over again while expecting a different result”

Each day you follow your same routine,

Go to the same coffee shop at the same time of day,

Do the same things in your free time,

Eat the same food each day,

You are limiting your possibilities and you chances to rope in new experiences.



Cut old ties.

If you don’t follow any of the other rules follow this one.

Delete old phone numbers,

Throw out old trinkets,

Move on.

Never forget the good time,

Or even the bad times.

Save them for the long summer nights as you look back on your life:

Recalling on all of the events that brought you to the person you are in the present,

But not for anything else.

If you don’t cut ties,

If you don’t move on,

You never allow for anything new to come into your life,

Or open your eyes to the future.


To wrap this up:

The world is good enough,

You’re still alive,

Find your own happiness,

Do new things,

And cut old ties.

If you follow all of these rules,

I have faith,

That even you,

can find your inner optimist,

Or at the very least,

Your inner realist.


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