Cartoon of and angry girl and a drenched boy. The boy says, “You may think the glass is half-empty, but I say it is half-full. At least it was before you dumped it on me.”
Have you ever tried to cheer up someone in a bad mood? Boy, I have! I’ve tried to tell a few jokes, act silly, even encourage them to join along. Usually it goes horribly. In fact, I’ve learned the best way to make a pessimist feel better is to allow them to get you down. They aren’t happy until they make you miserable. Misery loves company, right?
Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Do you want to spread a little sunshine to your friends or are you content only when everyone around you shares your gloomy mood?
I like to think I’m an optimist, but I find myself talking doom and gloom more often than I feel comfortable with. It takes more work to be an optimist. The news doesn’t help much and people love a juicy story about a fallen celebrity more than a story about someone walking the straight and narrow.
Yes, I’d like to think I’m an optimist. But If you’re in a deep funk, I don’t think I’ll try to cheer you up. I may bless you, but I’m not going to be your clown. After all, the good book has something to say about this:
Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Romans 12:14-16 (NLT)