How Does Pessimism and Optimism Affect Your Relationships?

sun with question markPART ONE

Exploring Your Personality # 6:

Pessimism and Optimism


Do I generally see the glass as half-full or half-empty? Why?

To what extemt do I look for evidence to prove my case that things are bad, or that things are looking up?

These questions complement the Better Tomorrows Program for healing strained and broken relationships and are part of the blog’s series of questions for exploring who you are.

To explore other questions, see Ask Yourself Questions and Change Your Life, Healing Relationships is an Inside Job, and the Q-and-A Club.

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Ecuador and Peru Travel Report # 6:

A Galapagos Bird Both Ungainly and Elegant


If you’ve been reading this blog for the past month, you’ll know that I went on a trip to South America for three weeks. Now I’m s-l-o-w-l-y getting back to doing what I like best, which is writing and creating programs for healing relationships. Before I left, I said that when I returned I would undoubtedly share some of what I’d experienced while I was gone and this is the first of my reports.

This pelican was one of the first birds, of many. I saw on our trip to the Galapagos Islands, where Darwin collected evidence of evolution. Pelicans don’t t look so great on land, but when they fly, they are able to soar and dive with the best of them.

In keeping with today’s topic, I guess we could ask whether pelicans are pessimists or optimists. Does this guy see his pouch as half full or half empty? Guess it depends on the individual bird and how plentiful are the fish in the area where he lives. Certainly the marine life is plentiful in these islands off the coast of Ecuador where the Humboldt Current feeds a rich diversity of animals. So this bird is likely to expect he’ll find something soon.

In any case, I can’t resist sharing a poem about these creatures with their strange talents for scooping up fish in a quick dive.

Oh what a strange bird is the pelican.
His beak can hold more than his belly can.
He can hold in his beak enough food for a week.
But I don’t know how in the heck he does it.

[In this poem by the famous Anonymous I’ve changed a word in the last line in deference to sensitivies of some of my readers.]

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