Being a father is a wild ride. My name is Christopher & these are my observations, theories & comments on life as the dad of my two boys Ripley & Jayden. I write this to air my thoughts & update my friends & family with photos, videos and such like. For everyone else I offer hints and tips on parenting as I learn them. For legal reasons I make no direct reference to my employer or any of my colleagues.
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Thursday, April 28, 2005
The worry that wasn't there
My life is stressful at the moment, but it need not be. I am just worried about what might be without looking at what is. A wise person (Dad) once told me that fear & pessimism are a form of cowardice. I didn't agree at the time, but in retrospect I understand and can see the logic.
A pessimist will plan for every single 'worst case' scenario in a situation and in doing so feel that he is cushioning himself from the blows that may be coming, this is similar to the behaviour of a quivering lap dog, nervously flinching at every noise and finding comfort only in the arms of it's owner. An optimist, however, will accept the risks in life, live each day as it comes and turn any crisis into an opportunity.
The pessimist will feel he is bravely marching down a rocky path with all the risk and danger that involves. An optimist will know that the path is as smooth as you make it and is truly the braver of the two.
Although it is often passed off as a Nursery Rhyme, I feel that Hughes Mearns is saying a great deal more about the ridiculousness side of human fears in "The Little Man Who Wasn't There"
I am going to make a concerted effort to see the glass as being half full, rather than half full of green stinking carcinogenic chemical sludge. Because when I am optimistic I am happy and when I am happy Ripley laughs at me (tenuous link to keep this posting on-topic)