I got called Eeyore today. I don’t mind, it’s really very appropriate. I am definitely a ‘glass half empty and what’s left probably has backwash in it’ sort of person. I don’t know why I’m that way. My parents were all about “the power of positive thinking” and Andrew Carnegie and Norman Vincent Peale when I was growing up. But I see it as a form of self defense. If you expect bad things to happen ,and they do, then you’re prepared for them. If they don’t, you’re pleasantly surprised. I said that to Peaches, the Preacher’s Wife a while back and she was appalled, but then if she were a cartoon character she’d be Tigger, all BOUNCYBOUNCY JOY JOY O LOOK A FLOWER! I told her that, too, after she called me Eeyore today. She said (and understand she only has 2 levels of volume, loud and louder) “DON’T YOU FIND JOY IN ANYTHING? EVER? AT ALL?’
and I said “Of course I do, but only after I check and make sure there’s not some condition attached.” She thought that was sad. I said it was practical.
And it’s not like I walk around with a cloud over my head, looking for the worst possible scenario all the time. Well, I mean…ok I do…but I am also prepared for good things to happen, and can generally handle it ok if they do…BUT
Being prepared means I’ve never been in a car accident that was my fault. I’ve been in 1 accident ever, and it was totally her fault.
It also means I’ve never been stuck in an airport without a backup plan and a granola bar.
If someone falls over and gets scraped, guess who has a bottle of water and a bandaid. NOT TIGGER!
So I accept gratefully the label of Eeyore, disaster preparedness,
pessimis I mean realism and all.