Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A Mental Snack (29)

Share your thoughts...

"If wrinkles must be written upon our brow, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should not grow old." ~ James A. Garfield

Are you a person who lets anger get the best of you? Do you wallow on the past a lot? Do you ever regret anything? Would you consider yourself an optimist, realist, or pessimist? 


Anonymous said...

I'm both an optimist and a pessimist; it just depends on the situation and the mood I'm in (wouldn't everyone be this way then?). I try to keep my anger in check, but every now and again... Just don't push my buttons. ;]

Nicole MacDonald said...

I'm an utter optimist who only looks up ;p sure I trip occasionally but I get straight back up. Do I forgive? Depends on the situation. I do like justice though - preferably through karma :)

Carolyn V. said...

I'm an optimist. I usually don't let anger get the best of me (although yesterday I had a headache and was a little cranky). I try to move on, but I find myself sometimes looking back at the past.

Sangu said...

I sort of swing between optimism and pessimism, I'm never sure where I'll be until I hit a situation! I used to lose my temper a lot, but now I try to rein it in and I'm getting better. :-)

Thank you for your comment on my blog!

John Smith said...

Thanks for commenting and following my blog. I checked out your blog too, and it's great! So I decided to follow you as well.

Warmest regards,
John Smith

P.S. - I like to think that I'm realistic with a touch of pessimism.

Terresa said...

I wallow, I regret, I am a cautious optimist, a happy pessimist, I am all of those things and, I'm afraid, more.
PS: Every writer's blog should have a mental snack. They are delish!

Lynda Young said...

Yes...and no. It depends on which way the wind is blowing ;)

W.I.P. It: A Writer's Journey

Sarah B. said...

I rarely get very angry, I don't wallow, and I regret very few things.

I'm mostly a realist and sometimes an optimist in a very "things could definitely be worse" sort of way...

dulce said...

Yes And Yes

The Words Crafter said...

I think I'm an optimistic pessimist. I'm more apt to get angry when I'm tired and feeling overwhelmed. I don't wallow in the past but I do react sometimes because of what I call 'side affects' of the past. Does that make sense? There are certain things that will set me off like a bomb-especially when it involves my family, friends, or the kids in my care. For example, a parent brought in a sick child Friday-I mean obviously sick and she was miserable the whole day. Her little face was scarlet. Mom had apparently given her some fever reducer so she could stay at daycare for at least 8 hours...stuff like that-whew!

I do regret and I try to not let it eat at me. Strangely, in spite of everything that has been my life, I think I'm pretty young at heart. I actually forget how old I am when I'm goofing with my younger friends....

Vatche said...

Hey, Amanda! ^_^

I think you're right that everyone switches between optimism and pessimism depending on the situation. However, there's one that usually overpowers the other in our minds, because it can't always be completely balanced out.

I'll be sure to not be in your way when you're angered and I'll resist the button pressing.

Write on!

Vatche said...

Hello, Nicole!!!

I'm an optimist myself with my head always in the clouds, but you're right that we often trip up and then get back up.

As for forgiving, you're right that it depends on the situation, especially if it affects you personally.

Lastly, on the topic of justice and getting what a person deserves, I do agree that it's awesome to see it happen...especially in movies!

Write on and keep your head up high proudly!

Vatche said...

Hey, Carolyn V!

Another optimist to join our side, yay!

Anger is something that gets the best of us at our weakest moments. We need to face it with a strong heart and know when to calm down, I believe. We all often try to move on from the past, but often the past tries to pull us back like a hand from the dark. The past cannot be avoided, but it can be faced with strong eyes and a strong mind.

Write on and face the past!

Vatche said...

Hello, Sangu!

First of all, no problemo on the comment on your blog! It was an awesome post.

As for swinging between optimism and pessimism, I can agree with you there, but one usually overwhelms another.

It's a good thing you changed for the better then, Sangu, with your temper getting the best of you. I'm glad to hear that you got it under control! :D

Write on and smile!

Vatche said...

Hey, John Smith!

No problemo on the comment! Seriously, that was an intriguing post you put up and I needed to comment!

I'm also glad that you enjoy my blog, I hope to see your comments and read your opinions on my posts!

As for being a realist with a touch of pessimism, I think my friend, Rafi, is the same way. He always refers to himself as a "realist," maybe you should check out his blog, which is on my last post, "Blogs You Should Be Following."

Warmest regards and write on!

Vatche said...

Hello, Terresa!!!

Wow, what a way to think..."I am a cautious optimist, a happy pessimist, I am all of those things and, I'm afraid, more." I love your creative mind! Maybe we are ALL of those. The optimists are cautious. The pessimists are happy. Interesting, very interesting thoughts.

Also, thank you for liking my "Mental Snacks," I try my best to write out the words of people, who inspire me day-in and day-out.

Write on and don't be afraid, be you!

Vatche said...

You're right, Lynda, it does depend on which way the wind is blowing and how our moods are during the situation.

Thank you for joining my blog and following! :)

Write on and follow the wind!

Vatche said...

Hey, Sarah B.!

It's awesome that you have everything in check! I find myself to be a realistic optimist...if that's possible. I view my dreams and aspiration realistically and with great hope. Sure, I might have my head up in the clouds at times, but I often get grounded and down to Earth when the situation seems to high in the skies.

I often repeat to myself "things could be much worse," because they could be. I've been always in worse situations than the ones I go through on a daily basis. So, you're right on that part, too!

Write on and continue to live life the same way by not changing a thing in your views!

Vatche said...


You mustn't let anger get the best of you or wallow in the past too much. You mustn't regret a lot, either. I understand that we are human and that these things happen, but you should control them! Control your temper, look at the past for mistakes and make them right, and regret nothing!

Write on!

Vatche said...

Hey, The Words Crafter!!! ^_^

An optimistic pessimist, I like that! I agree that there are things that often set us off when it involves something in our personal lives. Everyone is more apt to get angry when they are at their weakest states of mind, including myself, but I tend to control my frustrations.

As for the "side effects" of the past, I think I can understand that. We often look back and remember what changed us. Good and bad changes, of course.

Also, I think that if a child is sick and is taken to a daycare, that it is wrong! That poor child! I hope she feels better.

I try not to let regrets eat away at me, either. They often come up, once again, during our weakest moments. They try to destroy us from the inside, but it won't work! We are stronger than that. Regret nothing! Your friends will help you with that; I'm sure of it.

Write on and be as young as you want to be even if you're getting older by the minute!

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