EppsNet Archive: Optimism

Pizza and Pessimism

“There’s a slice of pizza missing,” my son announces. When I got home from work, there were two slices left over from last night. I ate one and left one for him. “I calibrated my appetite for two slices,” he says. “The pessimist,” I say, “sees that there’s one slice missing. The optimist sees that there’s one slice left.” Read more →

Why I’m Angry

I believe in a world where I can set something down and it will still be there in the same place the next time I need it. Unfortunately, this turns out to be a dangerously optimistic notion about what the world and other people are like. Read more →

In Case of Emergency

Grab your coat. Get your hat. Leave your worries on the doorstep. Direct your feet to the sunny side of the street. Read more →

Neuheisel!

Optimism is still full. It’s a full trough here at UCLA. One thing that will keep us from it happening is if we start to believe it’s not on the right track. Those of us in the trenches, I expect everyone to fall in line with that. But the leader of the ship has to tell you it’s gonna land. That’s all I know how to do. — Coach Rick Neuheisel Read more →

The Half-Full Glass

I put a half-full cup of soda from Extra Mile in the fridge and went out to run some errands. When I got back home, the soda was gone. “What happened to my soda?” I asked. “I cleaned out the refrigerator,” my wife said. The optimist sees the glass as half full. The pessimist sees the glass as half empty and throws it out, even if it belongs to someone else . . . Read more →

Albert Schweitzer was a Bore

An optimist sees a green light everywhere; a pessimist sees only the red light. The truly wise person is colorblind. — Albert Schweitzer   A true optimist is a man who can look in a toilet bowl and see only corn. — Ben Greenman Read more →

Wishing and Hoping: A Metaphor

“Where’d you get the Wish Hope Dream Post-Its?” I ask a co-worker. “Why?” she asks. “Is that your mantra?” “No, I was thinking more along the lines of wishes, hopes and dreams being peeled away one by one until you’re left with nothing.” “That’s an optimistic way of looking at it.” “It sure is.” Read more →