Monday, September 14, 2009
Optimist or Pessimist?
I say it doesn't matter whether the glass is half empty or half full - it's whether the glass holds a margarita.
My boss announced today that he is leaving the company in a month's time, much to the surprise of everyone in my division.
As I've visited with folks today, it seems to be a time for worry and reflection. I haven't really seen much in the way of hope from anyone. Perhaps it's too soon to expect that from people.
My coworker said, "Well, I decided I can either be really negative about it or not be really negative about it." I thought that was an interesting take. I pointed out to him that the two options weren't being negative and being positive, but either being negative or having a lack of any emotion towards it.
I told him that it's like saying either "The glass is half empty," or "I don't want to talk about the damn glass!"
I follow the belief that the quickest way to upset people is to mess with:
a. their home
b. their money
c. their children
And right now, in essence, a lot of my coworkers are probably feeling like their money is being threatened.
The other belief that I have is that things eventually work out - one way or another. In about 4 weeks, we'll know how this is going to work out (or at least begin to get an idea).