1. Because I have a tendency to foresee gloom and disappointment, rose-colored irises don’t even make me too hopeful and enthusiastic, they just balance me out. I try to purposefully be optimistic or else I’d just be Eeyore.

    • I’m a hardline realist at times, so I have to overtly try to be optimistic in order to be positive. That said, there are certain things (usually those where I lack experience with the topic) that I’m almost always taking a completely positive view on. It usually comes back to hurt me in the long run, but in the short term, it’s incredibly beneficial because it makes me extremely motivated.

    • Oh, don’t worry. Life is already pretty damn good about doing that. With that being said, I try to retain some level of my optimism when I need it most.

  2. I’m rarely optimistic about the future, but I don’t wear rose tinted glasses, and especially not in my past.
    What you wrote about not being promoted because you were too valuable in your current position, I’ve had that so many times, and it’s disheartening and I don’t know how to move past it.
    In my current work place I can’t move up, I can only go sideways, but luckily my company are good enough to give me training that I could get a more senior position, even if it’s with a different provider.

    • I would never advise people to be overnostalgic about their past, especially bad situations. With that said, I do think there is a benefit to having rose tinted glasses looking forward, if only to offset the jaded nature that humans develop over time.

      That not moving up was the very reason I left the call center I worked at while in grad school. If you have the opportunity to go somewhere that you can both advance and be appreciated, go for it.

  3. I go back and forth on this.

    Sometimes I’m very optimistic and I know things will work out. Other times, I’m the complete opposite. It kind of depends on how my job/personal life is going at the time.

    I currently work at a call center that may-or-may-not be closing within the next couple of years (maybe sooner). There’s a lot of uncertainty, but the one certain thing is they are not doing ANY hiring (including internal promotions) until at least 2015. So I’m kind of leaning toward pessimism right now.

    I do admire you for continuing to find the positive in life. I think I’m getting better about this with age, but I still have to work on it constantly (as I’m sure you’ve done as well).

    • I’ve been in your very position before. The call center I worked at in grad school always had rumors of closing. It’s been open 11 years now, and I’m pretty sure they’ve talked of closing it for at least 9 of them. It’s hard to be optimistic working in a call center at times, however things usually do work out for a reason.

      The optimism thing is admittedly a new attempt on my part that I’ve been trying over the past couple of months. I’m going to see how well it works out, as pessimism got me nowhere, and realism has only taken me so far.

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